The reigning Miss Louisiana, Lauren Vizza, visited the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Willis-Knighton South and the Center for Women’s Health Tuesday, Sept. 11. Vizza, a Shreveport native and graduate of Caddo Magnet High School, was given a guided tour of the NICU by its medical director, G. Brent Whitton, M.D.
Vizza is the state spokesperson for the March of Dimes and will use the organization’s program Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait™ as her platform when she competes in the Miss America Pageant in January 2013. The program focuses on preventing preventable preterm birth.
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait™ is a campaign which began in 2011 to educate women with healthy pregnancies about the importance of waiting at least 39 weeks to give birth. Willis-Knighton Health System was one of the first birth hospitals in the state to sign up for the program.
Vizza, who is majoring in political science and history at Louisiana Tech, has taken a mandatory year off from her studies in order to fulfill her obligations as Miss Louisiana.