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About Dr. Adik Levin

Last update 27.07.2001 Composed by Margit Venesaar MD, MA

Adik Levin was born in 1940 (Valga, Estonia). He finished secondary school in 1959 (Pärnu, Estonia) and medical studies in Leningrad Pediatric Medical Institute in 1968 (St Petersburg, Russia). Adik Levin took his candidate degree in medical science in 1974 (about the effects of different methods of blood transfusion on infants in cases of pneumonia) and doctor’s degree in medical science in 1991 (about effects of social-biological and medical-psychological factors and interaction on the mother’s organism and on the newborn), both in Academy of Medical Sciences (Moscow, Russia).

After graduating from the Medical Institute, Adik Levin worked seven years in Kazakhstan as head of children’s department and then, instead of a good position in Moscow, accepted the position of a common pediatrician in Estonian II Hospital. He has been working in Tallinn Children’s Hospital (Estonia) as head of Neonatal and Infants Department since 1979. In spite of strict regulations and control from Moscow he conducted the creation of the first neonatal unit where mothers could stay with their children 24 hours a day.

Adik Levin has written three books and more than 100 scientific and practical-scientific papers published in Estonia, Russia, former Soviet Union, USA, United Kingdom and Sweden. He has authored a film about mother and baby contact and humane neonatal medicine. He is a member of about ten societies, organizations and projects including Ethics Committee of Tallinn Children’s Hospital (founding member and chairman), Estonian Breast milk Committee (committeeman) and Estonian Group of IBFAN (coordinator). Since 08.04.1997 he has been a WHO temporary advisor and is also a good lecturer. He has given lectures and presentations in about 20 countries all over the world.

Adik Levin has been a professor and lecturer in the Social Work Department of Tallinn Pedagogical University (Estonia) since 1996.

His life work is mother-baby contact and he has initiated the movement of philosophy of “Humane Neonatal Care Initiative”.

Prof. Adik Levin: “A pre-term and sick newborn baby must be really the most important person in the hospital. Unfortunately babies’ human- and child’s rights aren’t considered by medical high technology in hospitals. Humane Neonatal Care Initiative is trying to protect these rights in hospitals.”

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