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Recovering After Birth Trauma: Where to Start

The diagnosis of a birth injury following childbirth is understandably shocking and painful for new parents. Many parents don’t expect lingering emotional pain after the fact. However, many new parents do feel these emotions; according to an article on HealthyChildren.org. Parents commonly experience anger, guilt, fear, loss, and powerlessness after learning that their newborn requires…

Grand Rapids, Michigan Birthing Facility Adopts New C-Section Drape to Support Earlier Mother-to-Newborn Bonding

The Clever Medical C-Section Drape Comes to Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital This week, Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health Family Birthplace became the first medical facility in Michigan to adopt the Clever Medical C-section drape, a device invented to allow mothers delivering via C-section the opportunity to bond with their babies immediately after delivery. The Family Birthplace,…

April is C-Section Awareness Month!

Mark your calendars for April, because April is Cesarean Awareness Month! This event seeks to educate the public about C-sections and to reduce the rate of unnecessary C-sections. We support this stance, and would like to add our own goals to this admirable stance: educating the public about when C-sections are necessary. Emergency C-Sections At…

Lessening the Impact of Severe Electrographic Seizures for Infants with HIE – Part 2

In our previous article, we discussed a recent study that found a connection between severity of seizures and neonatal severity of injury. At Reiter & Walsh, P.C., we have won many successful cases where severe birth injuries caused brain injuries that resulted in severe seizures and seizure disorders. As the study reiterated, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy…

Cesarean Section at 39 Weeks Reduces the Risk for Neonatal Encephalopathy, Shoulder Dystocia, Fetal Trauma and Intrauterine Fetal Demise

According to a 2006 study by obstetricians and gynecologists Gary D. Hankins, MD, Shannon M. Clark, MD and Mary B. Munn, MD, planned elective cesarean sections can significantly reduce the risk of birth injuries. The doctors studied over 2,100 articles from the national library of medicine. They searched for the following terms: fetal trauma, shoulder dystocia,…

Understanding Birth Injuries

A baby’s brain is a vulnerable organ. Brain damage is a common injury, and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), or a lack of oxygen to the brain, can often be the cause. However, there are a few other birth injuries that are lesser known. These include umbilical cord complications, trauma from instruments such as forceps and…

$32.8 Million Verdict in the News: Fetal Oxygen Deprivation, Cerebral Palsy & Infant Brain Damage

Labor & Delivery Nurse Fails to Detect Fetal Oxygen Deprivation, Resulting in HIE According to Injury Lawyer News, a Pennsylvania appellate court upheld a $32.8 million verdict for a toddler with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy (CP) who suffered fetal oxygen deprivation and permanent brain damage during delivery. The verdict, which was upheld on July 8th of…