MENDED LITTLE HEARTSSacramento, CA
About Mended Little Hearts
- Mended Little Hearts is the largest CHD peer-to-peer support network in the world
- CHDs are the most common birth defect, affecting nearly 1% of all births in the U.S. – 40,000 babies each year
- Mended Little Hearts works nationally and in communities to provide peer-to-peer support, education, awareness and connect families with needed resources.
- Mended Little Hearts volunteers provide direct support to families through its Accredited Visiting Program and delivering 5,000 Bravery Bags annually.
Babies with CHDs per Year
Bravery Bags Annually
Years of Service
WHAT WE DOSince 2004, Mended Little Hearts has provided patients and families of children with congenital heart disease many services that directly improve their quality of life.
Group Programs—Peer Support and Education
Nothing can replace in-person connections with others traveling on a similar journey. MLH Group Programs allow families and patients to support each other in their local communities, share experiences and also get helpful information and resources.
Mended Little Hearts provides educational resources to give families and patients information they need to make important decisions and to care for their child in the hospital and at home. Key resources are:
- The Mended Little HeartGuide digital resource (English & Spanish versions)
- Annual CHD Symposium
Mended Little Hearts works with hospitals and healthcare professionals to provide these programs to support families when they need it the most:
- Accredited Visiting Programs (where available)
- Bravery Bag Programs
- Bravery Chest Programs
- In-Hospital Peer Support Services
CHD Awareness Initiatives
Most people are unaware that congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in the United States. Mended Little Hearts has national and local CHD Awareness Initiatives so people have vital information and can get the support they need.
Health Education to Communities
Congenital heart disease professionals in the community provide helpful information at Mended Little Hearts group meetings, through workshops, seminars and at health fairs.