Our Interview With America’s OBGYN, Dr. Drai
I don’t know about you, but when I visit the obstetrician’s office, it is rarely an enjoyable experience. I mean, sure, I am not traumatized by it or anything, but I also don’t leave wishing I could have stayed longer to chat.
Of course we don’t visit the doctor’s office to have fun, but it sure would be nice to manage our health with a doctor who is approachable, fun, and an excellent physician. Don’t you agree? Would you believe me if I told you I found that doctor? Check out my interview with America’s OBGYN, Dr. Draion Burch, and you will see what I mean.
A board-certified OBGYN, and one of the country’s leading physicians in women’s health, Dr Drai knows his stuff. He delivers great care and medical advice to his patients, as well as people across the nation, with a level of candor and compassion I find both rare and refreshing.
Read more to learn why Dr. Drai is definitely is America’s OBGYN.
Our Interview With America’s OBGYN, Dr. Drai
Mommynoire: We read that you developed an interest in medicine at an early age. What made you decide to dedicate your life to women’s health?
Dr. Drai: Yes…at the age of six to be exact. My grandmother cleaned houses for doctors in a nearby town. I would travel with her to play with the doctor’s children. They always had the best toys! One of the doctors she worked for showed an interest in me. He let me listen to my heart through a stethoscope and I fell in LOVE. I knew I wanted to be just like him. My mom often reminds me of the days when I played hospital with my cousins; I always wanted to be the doctor – the one that heals. Hearing stories from my mother about my grandmother’s loss to ovarian cancer shaped the type of doctor I am today. My grandmother didn’t receive good care and died because of it. This motivates me even now.
You are very dedicated to helping women heal on a personal level in order to bring about good health. Is it tough for you to balance being a medical doctor with understanding a patient from emotional perspective? Do you ever feel like there is a line you can’t cross?
Dr. Drai: It’s not tough. Good doctors TRY to heal not only the body BUT the mind and soul, too. It all comes with the territory. In order to help women make a positive change in their lives, sometimes you have to cross the line- think outside of the box. It’s not uncommon for me to make a home visit. I believe in knowing the state-of-the-heart, before talking state-of-the-art services with patients.
I’ve witnessed women learn so much from you and you do so much to help populations that are underserved. Why do you think it’s so important to dedicate so much of your life to teaching and serving women from all walks of life?
Dr. Drai: I know what it’s like to have poor healthcare. The nearest doctor was 45 minutes away from where I grew up. That’s why I’m committed to serving the underserved – women of color, transgender individuals, lesbian and bisexual women, women that are incarcerated, women who are victims of intimate partner violence, homeless women, women who are addicted to opiates, and women with disabilities. I believe education is a critical part of tackling health disparities. My goal is to change lives.
What is the biggest health mistake you think women make?
Dr. Drai: Not going to the doctor (i.e. not taking care of their health). Women are natural caregivers. You put everyone’s needs before your own. Put your health first, ladies, because without YOU the show won’t go on.
As an OBGYN, what is the most common question patients ask you?
Dr. Drai: Women are always worried about vaginal discharge, having an orgasm, or getting pregnant.
What is the most important thing you believe more women need to do after having a child?
Dr. Drai: Rest and heal.! Carrying a baby for 10 months and then going into labor was rough enough. Now let other people do some work. Take advantage of grandparents, uncles, and nieces to help babysit so you can get some rest. Your body needs to heal.
When do you think it’s appropriate for moms to start having conversations about women’s health and sex with their daughters?
Dr. Drai: As soon as they can talk! LOL! Make sure they know the proper terms for their body parts. The earlier you start conversations, the easier communication will be when times get rough (i.e. the teenage years).
When a mom visits your site, DrDrai.com, what’s the most important thing you want her to walk away with?
Dr. Drai: I have learned that relationships are very important to women of all ages. Relationships with their mother, father, children, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandkids, girlfriends, husbands, wives, boyfriends, and most importantly themselves shape their perspective on life. Once I help them heal these relationships, good health always follows.
To learn more about Dr. Drai and the work he does, visit his site today for great content that is sure to answer all of your questions. You can also connect with him on Twitter, IG, Pinterest, Google+, FB, and YouTube. His name on all platforms is DrDraiOBGYN.
Martine Foreman is a freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, speaker and coach. To follow her journey as a busy mom, wife and honest chick from Brooklyn, NY (now living in the burbs), check out her personal blog, CandidBelle.