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Research Update: Vacuum Extractors and Forceps Are Both Associated with a Higher Risk of Shoulder Dystocia

Vacuum extractors and forceps are both tools that can be used to assist with a vaginal birth. In developed countries, vacuum extractors have become much more commonly used than forceps, and in certain situations are the safer choice. However, this tool also involves serious risks. For example, some studies have found an association between the…

Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)

Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)

Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), previously called hyaline membrane disease (HMD), is a newborn health condition characterized by breathing difficulty. It occurs when a baby’s body does not produce enough of a lung-lubricating substance called surfactant. Babies with RDS have trouble expanding their lungs, which can make it difficult for them to take in oxygen and…

Jesse Reiter | Birth Injury and HIE Attorney

Jesse Reiter Wins “Lawyer of the Year” Award for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs in Troy, Michigan

Every year, Best Lawyers honors a single attorney in a specific practice area and location with their “Lawyer of the Year” award. The recipient is selected by his or her peers. We are pleased to announce that this year, ABC Law Centers president Jesse Reiter won Lawyer of the Year for medical malpractice plaintiff’s attorneys…

Treating HIE - Combining Xenon with Brain Cooling

Treatment for HIE: Combining Xenon with Neonatal Cooling

Hypothermia therapy, or brain cooling, is the standard treatment for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). It can reduce the extent of permanent brain damage if given very shortly after birth or the oxygen-depriving incident (within six hours, though there may be some benefit from the therapy up to 24 hours). Using a cooling cap or blanket, the…