Manhasset, NY – Ezras Nashim, the all women’s volunteer corps created to assist women in emergency childbirth situations, is one step closer to delivering their first baby, with volunteers to begin training at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. After months of trying to work with Hatzalah, Ezras Nashim was founded last winter with the approval of Rabbi Yechezkel Roth as previously reported on VIN News.
The partnership between North Shore and Ezras Nashim began approximately five months ago when a representative of the hospital reached out to attorney Ruchie Freier who represents the women’s volunteer service.
“The hospital chaplain contacted me and arranged a meeting with the obstetrics department,” Mrs. Freier told VIN News. “They wanted to know how they could help us in our mission and I told them that, right now, training is our greatest need. It took some time for everything to go through the necessary channels but the approval came through about two weeks ago and they are very excited to be working with us.”
According to an official source at the hospital, Ezras Nashim volunteers will be training in the labor and delivery rooms at North Shore, allowing them to observe senior staff members performing both natural and caesarian deliveries so that they can be better prepared to handle all types of emergency situations and further augment their EMT training. The hospital also hopes to allow the women access to the Patient Safety Institute, a simulation lab that uses virtual reality in conjunction with digitally enhanced mannequins to replicate real life emergencies, giving volunteers the ability to rehearse, review and study their performance in order to better hone their skills in real life situations.
Mrs. Freier told VIN News that North Shore’s commitment to Ezras Nashim exceeded any expectations she might have had.
“I am very impressed with the chaplain, Rabbi Daniel Coleman, and all the medical professionals we have met at North Shore University Hospital,” said Mrs. Freier. “Their altruism and dedication to the medical needs of the Jewish community has gone above and beyond the call of duty in offering us state of the art medical training with special accommodation to our needs, from flexible hours to kosher food to scrub suits conforming to our standard of modesty. May Hashem grant them continued success and may they go from strength to strength in serving the needs of our community.”
While Ezras Nashim will be training at North Shore and will have privileges at the facility, Freier was quick to point out that in emergency situations, patients will be transported to the nearest facility.
Ezras Nashim plans to begin training volunteers at the hospital in September and hopes to begin volunteering by the end of October.