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Safety First in a Brave New World!

When 35-year-old Sarah* went into labour, she knew that her delivery would be different from what her family and friends described. Having been quarantined at home for a week, Sarah was brought to the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Ein Kerem, when she went into labour.

Thanks to the communication between the Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance team and the HMO medical team, a special isolated and fully equipped room was prepared away from regular delivery rooms in anticipation of Sarah’s arrival.

Sarah recalls feeling scared for her life and the life of her baby, as she tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival at the hospital. With the help of two midwives, fully geared-up in protective suits, she successfully gave birth to her beautiful baby boy.

Due to her diagnosis, Sarah was separated from her newborn son and was taken to an isolation unit, where she will remain until she recovers from COVID-19. The support, dedication, and care of her midwife who stayed by her side until the transfer, truly touched Sara.

At this time, Sarah is fighting to become healthy, and is counting the days until she can reunite with her child. While the separation is difficult for both mother and child, Sarah knows that the supportive medical staff at HMO is doing everything they can to ensure her son is healthy and cared for. In the meantime, she receives frequent calls and photo messages from the maternity ward and is regularly updated on her son’s condition by the attending physician. “Thank you so much!” says Sarah in her messages, “You made me so happy and moved by what you are doing for me. I am worried about my baby from afar and feel helpless, but I am so grateful for your concern and devotion. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

“This exciting and extraordinary event illustrates how vital communication between the MDA teams arriving from the field and the team at Hadassah is – which is commonplace, but important these days,” said Prof. Zev Rothstein, CEO of Hadassah Medical Organization.

*the name has been changed due to confidentiality.

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