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Erlanger’s newborns send messages to moms during Heart Month

by on February 11, 2013

New-born babies at Erlanger Baroness nursery look fashionable with their red hats before they are returned to their mothers.

New-born babies at Erlanger Baroness nursery look fashionable with their red hats before they are returned to their mothers.

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Two Erlanger Health System cardiac rehabilitation nurses recently educated new mothers on the importance of heart health in a most unusual way.

To create more awareness for heart disease – particularly women and heart disease – Debbie Croft and Dee Clark crafted tiny red caps for newborns at Erlanger East and Baroness campuses during the first few days in February. The red caps were placed on the newborns in the nursery, and the babies were returned to their mothers’ rooms with this message:

Dear Mommy,
I’m wearing this cute little red hat to remind you to love your heart like you love me. Heart Disease is the number one killer of women. So please take care of your heart because I’m gonna need you a long time.
Love, Your Baby, Official Sponsor Newborns Go Red for Women

Both Debbie and Dee enjoy crafts as a leisure activity and share a passion for caring for Erlanger cardiac patients. The pair combined their two interests – cardiac education and crafting – during National Heart Month to produce a meaningful message for new moms and the adorable red caps for the newborns.

Two small red hats show the craft work of Erlanger cardiac rehabilitation nurses, Dee Clark and Debbie Croft.

Two small red hats show the craft work of Erlanger cardiac rehabilitation nurses, Dee Clark and Debbie Croft.

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