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First Steps Program reaches out to expectant parents

April 26, 2007

Albany --  Those first few steps of a baby's life are the most important, and one organization helps parents learn which steps they should take.

The First Steps Program is celebrating 20 years.  The program provides new and expectant parents with emotional and educational support to make it through the first few months of a child's life, since parenthood doesn't come with a manual.

"Parenting is really hard work and there's an awful lot that we don't know about it," said Douglas Middleton of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Most of us learn our parenting techniques from our own experience."

The First Steps program also provides visits by volunteers and follow up telephone calls to help parents adjust to their newborn. Parenting information focuses on postpartum care, brain development, shaken baby syndrome and fatherhood.


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