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Safe Sitter® Class at SMH a Success

Stephens Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the overwhelming success of its first Safe Sitter® babysitting course.  Instructors Alison Newton, RN, and Lois Hardy, RN welcomed the first class of 10 students in June, and the class is full for July and August, and filling quickly for December, showing there is a need for this type of class in the area.  Class attendee Devin Ludwig stated, "A babysitting class is important because babysitting should be looked at as safe, fun, and a way to provide child care and make a little money.  There are so many things I've learned in this class that I probably wouldn't have learned anywhere else."  

Safe Sitter® ( is a medically accurate program that teaches 11 to 13 year-olds how to be safe, nurturing babysitters.  The goal of the Safe Sitter® program is to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by babysitters.

The first class was very well received by participants who thought they learned a lot and had a good time.  There was lecture time as well as hands on time with young children from the community to help the students learn different techniques of distraction, play, and safety.  Alivia Bradley summed it the class up on her evaluation, "Through this class, I have learned the many things that could go wrong while babysitting.  Fortunately, I also learned what I can do to help or even prevent these accidents from happening!  This class is extremely important because it teaches us how to be responsible and prepared babysitters.  Everything we have learned will benefit our sitting experiences and I think it was all very necessary."

Please call 207-743-1562 x380 to sign up for classes and further information.

Photo Caption:  The first class of the Safe Sitter® babysitting course at SMH completed in June.  Participates were:  l to r:  back:  Lois Hardy, RN/Safe Sitter instructor, Benin Laliberte, Matt McVety, Whitney Roberts, Alivia Bradley, and Alison Newton, RN/Safe Sitter instructor/Site Coordinator.  Front:  D.J. Noble, Chris Williams, Devin Ludwig, Meghan Costello, Cassidy Bradley, and Leah Libby.


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