Newborn Babies Born at McLaren Bay Region Celebrate American Heart Month With Red Knit Hats
for the American Heart Association and McLaren Bay Region are celebrating
American Heart Month by knitting red hats for all babies born at the McLaren
Bay Family BirthPlace in February. The Little Hats, Big Hearts™ project raises
awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital
heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country and the leading
killer of infants with birth defects.
from across Michigan have knitted nearly 4000 hats
that will be given to all babies born at 23 of the State’s hospitals during the
month of February. After the hats arrive, volunteers make sure the hats are
washed, sorted and individually packaged with health information for moms and
babies and then sent back out to area hospital’s birthing units. The Children’s
Heart Foundation is a national sponsor of the project.
While all babies at participating hospitals are expected to
receive a Little Hat, some of those infants have very special hearts. Congenital
heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result
when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception and often
before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. CHD affects approximately one
in every 125 babies every year in the United States alone. Michigan’s
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week will take place from February 7-14,
during American Heart Month.
The American Heart Association is second only to the federal
government in funding cardiovascular and stroke research, including congenital
For those wishing to contribute little red hats for 2019,
information is available at www.heart.org/LittleHatsBigHearts.
Parents receiving hats are encouraged to post photos at #LittleHatsMI.