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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.

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.
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.

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 of locations, including police precincts, firehouses, hospitals, 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
Winter/Spring 2010

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