February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week.
In the United States about 32,000 babies are born every year with CHD. Our first baby, Cohen, was born with them in 2010.
It is one of those things I never really thought of and if I had read something previously, I probably thought oh, that wouldn’t happen to us.
Congenital Heart Defects is the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States.
I know quite a few people now that have little ones with Congenital Heart Defects. It’s not an easy life. The American Heart Association is doing a great job helping families and technology. I actually went to a benefit last night for AHA.
If you don’t have a charity or foundation that you give to, the American Heart Association is truly a good option. Heart Disease kills more people in the United States than anything else. It’s the number one cause of death. So, not only could you be helping babies that aren’t even born yet, but your mother, your father, your uncle, your friend.
If I had the chance to talk to every pregnant or planning to be pregnant lady, I would tell them make sure your doctor looks good at the heart at 20 weeks and be sure your hospital does a pulse ox test before you leave the hospital with your baby. Honestly, I really with is was mandatory for echocardiograms to be preformed on everyone who is expecting.
This is a great week to make yourself aware of those around you that could one day be affected and those little ones that will be fighting for their lives once they are born <3 p="">
The American Heart Association’s website is set up really well to explore everything from statistics to the ways you can help.