Friday, March 16, 2012

Dr. Levy's Humanitarian Trip to South Africa

Starting today through Sunday, March 18, 2012 9pm pacific time... for every new "like" we have on our Facebook page, LaborLooks will donate $1 to Dr. Levy's trip to South Africa with RSAA (Rebuilding South Africa Association).

Dr. Levy is an OBGYN with Napa Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group. Dr. Solomon founded this group in 1978. It was the first OBGYN group in Napa to offer Nurse-Midwifery care. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I wanted to have a midwife for my prenatal care and delivery. I love the idea of midwives in general and enjoyed working (as a L&D nurse) with midwives. During one of my early prenatal appointments, my midwife was called for a delivery at the hospital and I saw Dr. Levy instead. Dr. Levy was new to this practice - I hadn't even met her at work yet. I was immediately impressed. Dr. Levy was kind, warm, honest, direct, professional and took plenty of time to address my questions and concerns. I continued to see Dr. Levy and the midwives for the rest of my prenatal care. In fact, I saw Dr. Levy 2 weeks ago for my annual pap smear.

LaborLooks is very excited about this opportunity to raise money, hopefully encourage some donations (100% tax deductible) and just show our support.

I asked Dr. Levy a few questions about this trip.

How did you find out about this opportunity?

It was actually my dentist, Dr Adrian Fenderson, who goes on a humanitarian mission (or two) every year. He asked if I might be interested, because anywhere they go they always need gynecologists, and he thought a woman would be ideal.

Tell us a little about what your trip will be like?

We will be flying to Johannesburg, and we will be traveling to different areas (2-4 hours away) where we will set up clinics for people who don't get the opportunity to see the Dr or the dentist much. I will be doing a lot of teaching (women's health--how to examine yourself, what is normal, abnormal, etc) doing biopsies, pap smears, treating people for infections, etc. We will be in a hospital setting for about 5 days, so I am probably going to be doing deliveries, repairing old perineal scars, and anything else that they can use my expertise for.

What have you collected so far for the trip and what do you plan on using additional funds that you receive for?

So far I have collected lots of sutures, anesthetics, bandages, drapes, gloves, instruments. I still need more medications, especially antibiotics, pain medication, topical anesthetics, a Doppler, a blood pressure cuff, and a good portable light.

We will keep you all posted as we gain new likes throughout the weekend... share this post and our facebook updates with your family, friends, facebook groups, etc. We will also do our best to post another interview with Dr. Levy when she returns from her trip so you can see first hand how your contributions have helped.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Im a south african nurse/midwife now living in California...would looove do to some humanitarian work in SA!!!