November 30 is Newborn Heart Defect Screening Awareness Day

August 31, 2016

Within days of my daughter’s death, I felt a pull at my heart. Something, possibly her, was tugging saying, share her, share her, share her.

I wanted to share her with the world. She was so beautiful. She changed me so much. I just couldn’t let all that love and light die.

I wanted it to multiply.

Shortly after she died suddenly and unexpectedly, I found out about something that might have saved her life–pulse oximetry screening.

I also sadly learned I wasn’t alone. Many other mothers lost their babies to undetected congenital heart defects. I didn’t want it to happen again. I knew what I was meant to do. I shared her story and how it could have possibly been prevented every where. I was helped much by others working on the pulse oximetry screening cause.

Earlier this year, I took to Facebook to ask what I should make her birthday known as. I wanted a way to remember that day, remember Cora and to do good. The overwhelming suggestion was “Pulse Ox Awareness Day.”

And with that Newborn Heart Defect Screening Awareness Day was born.

Please visit the  November 30: Newborn Heart Defect Screening Awareness Day site and find out how you can help.

We have the chance to save other babies, together. I need you!

On November 30, wear pink for all the babies affected by undetected congenital heart defects.


  • Kristine Brite McCormick is mom to Cora, who passed away at five days old of undetected congenital heart disease. She lives in Indiana with her husband and two dogs. You can read more about Kristine and Cora at her blog.

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