WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains Hospital and the American Heart Association have partnered to raise awareness for congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country, through the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program.
As part of the partnership, every baby born at White Plains Hospital during February (Heart Month) is receiving a little red hat. Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. Defects range in severity from simple problems, such as "holes" between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves.
The AHA put a call out to knitting and crocheting enthusiasts in December, and little red hats came pouring in from all over the region. Some parents of children born with congenital heart defects sent hats in, as well. Some donated hats in memory of those lost to heart defects.
According to Dr. Jay Lupin, Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology at White Plains Hospital, “We are pleased to be working together with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of congenital heart defects in newborns. We are always striving to find new ways to raise awareness of maternal and infant health issues, and to implement best practices to support the reduction of birth defects and increase the health of infants and new mothers.”
White Plains Hospital’s maternity team has a full range of experts, including obstetricians, anesthesiologists, neonatologists, and award-winning nurses. The Hospital also has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, one of the most advanced in the region, with board-certified neonatologists and nurses who specialize in neonatal care. A brand-new new maternity wing is slated to open in spring 2016, featuring all private, spacious Labor & Delivery suites.
The American Heart Association is committed to raising awareness for CHD, and helping children live stronger lives through education, research and public policies. In fact, the organization’s funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to the federal government.
More information about the Little Hats, Big Heart program is online here .