One Stormy Delivery

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United Hatzalah volunteer delivers a baby girl as a freak winter storm rages outside…

Last night parts of the town of Modiin Illit were cut off the rest of the world by some heavy flooding. It was at 9 PM that one of United Hatzalah’s volunteers received an alert from the UH dispatch regarding a woman in labor needed help in the Hefzibah neighborhood of Modiin Illit.

By the time our volunteer arrived to the apartment he saw that they are not going anywhere – even if an ambulance arrives. The baby was in a hurry…

The ambulance was stopped by a flooded road and couldn’t even get near to the apartment.

Our volunteer did all he could to present optimal field birth conditions: he gave instructions to the family to warm up the living room, close the blinds for privacy, took out the delivery kit – complete with sterile pads, a receiving blanket, umbilical cord clamps – from his EMT bag and calmed the woman and her husband down.

With professionalism and caring compassion the medic guided the mother-to-be through the birth process. Shortly afterwards a healthy baby arrived to the world – plump and crying. Volunteers then carried the mother and healthy newborn baby girl to the waiting ambulance for transport them to hospital for observation and follow-up care. It was a story about a dark and stormy night that thanks to the commitment of the volunteers of United Hatzalah has a happy ending.

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