Babies born at the Mon Health Birth Center are already too cute, but add homemade hats and the little ones are even sweeter to look at.
“It’s a lot better to put a hat on that you’ve made,” said Makayla Dezzutti, a Surgical Tech at Mon Health who helps make the hats. “It has a little bit of meaning when you put it on to the baby. It’s our baby, welcome. You don’t have that at other hospitals.”
The tradition of making homemade hats was started several years ago, and keeps going thanks to the dedication, and artistic talent of the staff.
“We have more deliveries than when I first started, so every week we check these hat boxes and see how much more we need,” Dezzutti said. “Everybody pitches in if we get super low and super busy.”
The Mon Health Birth Center can go through around 45 hats a week, depending on deliveries, they’re just adorable, they’re practical too and help regulate the baby’s temperature.
“If temperature starts to drop, not only bundle the baby back up but put the hat on cause heat releases through their head and through their feet,” Dezzutti explained. “Putting the hat on stops the heat from releasing so quickly. It covers their ears, so it warms them back up.”
It’s also a sweet gift for the parents.
“They’re really surprised sometimes whenever we tell them that we make the hats,” Dezzutti said.
And they’ll keep making the hats for each baby.
“Visitors will come up to the window and they’ll see us making them and they’re like ‘oh my gosh you make the hats like I can’t believe it I didn’t know that’. It means a lot and it’s really nice,” Dezzutti continued.
With so many hats to make, the Mon Health Birth Center will also take donations of knit or crochet hats.
If you’d like to help, hats can be brought to the Mon Health Birth center or left at the visitor’s desk at Mon Health Medical Center.