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Babysitting Course Empowers Aspiring Babysitters to “BSAFE”

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Course available at Baton Rouge General’s Mid City and Bluebonnet campuses

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Baton Rouge General (BRG) is bringing a BSAFE Babysitting course to its Mid City and Bluebonnet campuses, empowering kids ages 12 and up with the training and real-world skills to be a safe and successful babysitter. The one-day course includes First Aid and CPR certification, home safety, and child care basics for all age groups.

Taught by Tricia Poche, RN, and Kimberly Clark, NP, the course will also cover tips on starting a babysitting business. The national average for babysitting services is nearly $14/hour, an increase of 26% since 2010, and two-thirds of parents are willing to pay more for a sitter with safety training, according to’s Annual Babysitter Survey.

“It’s true that in the world of smartphones and Netflix, babysitting isn’t what it used to be, but the core values of babysitting are the same – keeping the kids safe and happy,” said Poche. “Learning those life and safety skills should be the first step for those interested in babysitting.”

The first BSAFE course is April 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bluebonnet, and a full list of dates at both locations is available here. The course is $65, and there is a discount for BRG employees. For more information, call (225) 439-3388.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.