Winthrop Ambulances Are Safe Havens
For mothers who are unable to care for
their newborn babies, Safe Haven
drop-off sites provide a non-judgmental,
no-questions-asked way for them to put
their child in safe and caring arms.
Winthrop-University Hospital, the
first hospital in New York State to be
officially designated a Safe Haven hospital
in 2000, is an advocate for the
program – which also now enables
adults to approach any Hospital ambulance
and anonymously give them a
child five days old or younger in order
to ensure the safety of the baby.
Recently, Winthrop’s ambulances were
among the first in Nassau County to
become equipped with Safe Haven
logos, clearly identifying them as official
drop-off sites for unwanted babies.
Pictured (l.-r.) at an event to promote the new
designation for ambulances are Nassau County
Executive Ed Mangano; Eileen Magri, RN, MSN,
Director of Nursing and Maternal Child Health
at Winthrop-University Hospital; and John P.
Broder, Vice President of External Affairs &
Development at Winthrop.
New York’s Safe Haven law allows
a mother who believes she cannot care
for her baby to legally leave the newborn
at a number
churches or with any responsible adult
willing to accept the baby and call
proper authorities. Over the past
decade, Safe Haven laws have been
adopted in all 50 states and 2,636
babies have been safely relinquished.
Any individual concerned about
their ability to handle their unborn or
newborn baby should call the AMT
Children of Hope Foundation crisis hotline
at 1-877-796-4673, where all calls
are kept strictly confidential, or bring
the baby to a Safe Haven drop-off location
– including Nassau County, LifeStar
and Winthrop ambulances.
Vol. 20, No. 1
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