All babies born at Foothills Hospital in February will go home wearing
adorable, handmade hats: a tiny pop of red that helps raise awareness
about congenital heart defects.
Boulder Community Health’s Family Birth Center has partnered with
the American Heart Association and the Children's Heart Foundation
again this year for their
Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in babies and moms.
Knit or crocheted with love by amazing BCH employees and volunteers as
well as volunteers from around the country, the wee hats are accompanied
by heart health education materials for mom and dad about how to get baby
off to a healthy start and lifestyle tips to help prevent heart disease.
Healthy parents and babies mean a healthier community
“We are dedicated to helping create the healthiest community in
the nation, and that starts with moms and babies,” said Lisa Allen,
director of the BCH Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital.
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect worldwide. And
it may surprise you to learn that 90 percent of women have at least one
risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart
Although heart disease remains the #1 killer in the U.S., the good news
is that 80 percent of these diseases may be preventable through proper
diet, exercise and other actions, according to AHA estimates.
“Thanks to the incredible support by the BCH Ambassadors, we were
able to give yarn to our wonderful volunteers and staff,” said Pat
Dimond, director of BCH Volunteer Services. “As a community-based
nonprofit health system, we think of ourselves as neighbors caring for
(Photo: Laura, Craig, Nick and Baby Brayden, born in January 2019 at the
Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital in Boulder, Colorado.)