Hardin Memorial Health BirthPlace has joined the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February. Little Hats, Big Hearts honors babies, moms and heart healthy lives in a very special way. Supporters across the country are knitting and crocheting red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.
Three HMH employees volunteered their time to knit caps for the babies born at HMH’s BirthPlace during February. Silvia Kidwell, EVS Assistant, Debbie Polly, Unit Secretary, and Angela Elliott, PCA, who call themselves “Out of Our Hands,” started knitting in November, and so far have knitted more than 200 caps for the HMH BirthPlace babies. Each hat takes about 45 to 60 minutes to knit but the employees said the time flew by because they were so excited about being part of Little Hats, Big Hearts.
Together with the America Heart Association, HMH is working to raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects. Hardin Memorial Health is one of Kentucky’s busiest delivering hospitals and the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) saw 153 patients in 2017.
Little Hats, Big Hearts started in February 2014 in Chicago, IL collecting 300 hats in the first year. The program has now expanded to more than 40 states. Pictured are fraternal twins born at 32 weeks at HMH wearing the hats lovingly knitted for them by HMH employees.