Manhasset, NY – Brooklyn’s Ezras Nashim Volunteers Partner With Prestigious Long Island Hospital


    North Shore University Hospital Professionals Meet with Ezras Nashim members,: Top Row: Dr. Victor R. Klein, Director OB/GYN (L) and Rabbi Daniel Coleman, Hospital Chaplain (Right).  Bottom Row: Rachel Yudin, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager, Labor & Delivery (L), Ruchie Freier (Center), and Sarah Gluck (R) representing Ezras NashimManhasset, 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.

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    1. I don’t understand????

      Isn’t this whole idea about Tzniuos?

      If so. Is there a bigger exposure then Having the ladys respond to a OB call?

      Can anyone explain the goal? It sounds counter tznious on all levels

      • You really are clueless, aren’t you? Yes, there is a bigger exposure than having ladies responding to an Ob call- the exposure of a woman’s privates to a group of male EMTs!! (duh) Years ago it was always women who were the midwives delivering babies, starting with Yocheved and Miriam. They clearly did not see any breach of tznius, and what kind of exposure and lack of tznius do you perceive in women responding to a woman’s call for Ob care?
        You don’t understand??? Nebach!!
        Thank you, Ruchie Freier, for always being on the front lines and responding to the needs of the frum community.You should be gebentched!

        • I was referring to the over all situation.
          When Hatzalah Responds to a call for example in BP naturally all neighbors are witnessing it. But have no info. Of nature of call.

          Not only that! I have witnessed couple of OB calls where the professional Male EMT’s (very unusual…) Are sneaking out the Mother and baby in such away that all the onlookers are not even realizing that she just delivered her baby at home.

          Now! With Ezras Nushim Crew arriving to a house in BP the entire block will just wait to see how the mother and baby are coming out of the house going in to ambulance. Imagine 4 heimisha ladys taking Mrs. H on a stretcher from house to ambulance with baby in hand and all neighbors and kids watching!!!

          I mean gimme a break! That’s NOT Tznious!

          • Reb Yidel I cannot understand your problem. The lady is 9 months pregnant and walking around and its no secret. Ezras Nushim Crew arrive at the house – big deal. She’s got to leave the house sometime to go to hospital. I think you need to have a little think about misuse of the word Tznious! I mean gimme a break!

            • Big deal! She’s 9 months Pregnant!
              And a situation arises that she delivers at home?
              Big deal! Let the professional Hatzalah EMT’s take care of here! Big deal!

              Believe me the women in BP are more concerned about their privacy from the neighbors on looking then the trained Hatzalah Members doing their job with dignity for past 30 years

          • you have a point… my mother had major hemorahging issues months after giving birth…. (many years ago..) Hatzala was great and very respectful and helpful. several weeks later- a female neighbor asked my mother how she was feeling and said “i know you suffer from asthma….” (which she does…) my mother was so relieved that she didnt have to get into details & have the whole block filled with some yentas possibly discuss her medical issues…. I highly respect Mrs. Frier. However in my humble opinion- not that anyone asked me- i feel that the lifesaving moments may chas v’shalom be wasted- if any woman goes into distress- people around will say- “should we call ezras nashim? maybe she is pregnant…..maybe she wouldnt feel comfortable with hatzala?…” these are moments that once can not afford to waste… Hatzala is usually very respectful- unfortunately my growing up they were called many times to my parents’ house…and i was told that when a call comes in with a woman giving birth- they only send older, more experienced volunteers….& try that the embarassing yet naturally beautiful miraculous situation remains as tznius and dignified as possible. I wish her much hatzlacha.

    2. Whenever Ruchie does something she does it all the way. As someone who is close to her it is inspiring to see the Siyata Dishmaya at her side.

      Everyone should check out her up & coming website ‘Ruchie Freier Esq.’ or for updates and info on Ezras Nashim.

    3. YidelfromBP cleary has an agenda. What he is trying to do is deliberate manipulate and triangulate the concept of tznius. Don’t react to him and others like him.

      Kindergarten-level logic will eventually prevail and it will be established that whille the idea of women taking care of women involves more artificial breaches of tznius (such as women talking/being seen in public, working, etc), it involves less high level ones (viewing a woman’s erva).

      To quote the great bahby (#3): duh!


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