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Episiotomies: Uses, Guidelines, and Recent Findings

A recent story in HuffPost entitled “Why Are We Still Cutting Women’s Vaginas During Birth?” tells the story of a woman named Rachel who experienced an episiotomy during childbirth (1). An episiotomy is an incision made to the perineum, the area between the vaginal opening and the anus, to aid in delivery (2).  Rachel heard…

Fainting and dizziness during pregnancy

According to the American Pregnancy Association, dizziness and fainting are very common during pregnancy as a result of the drastic hormonal and metabolic changes the body goes through during the first trimester (1). These changes can lower the mother’s blood pressure or blood sugar, causing dizziness and faintness. In the second trimester, the mother may…

Involuntary Sterilization of Disabled Americans: An Historical Overview

Thousands of Americans with disabilities have undergone sterilization procedures without providing informed consent. Beginning in the early 1900s, supporters of the eugenics movement sought to sterilize those with cognitive impairments in order to “cleanse” the human gene pool of “undesirable” traits. This was sanctioned by many state governments, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court…

Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers Supports the Jerry Isler Neuromuscular Fund

We recently made several donations to important funds at Michigan Medicine, the healthcare system run by the University of Michigan. This month, we’d like to highlight the Jerry Isler Neuromuscular Fund. Jerry Isler: inspired to make a major gift after experiencing an unexpected health problem Farmington Hills, Michigan resident Jerry Isler lived an active lifestyle,…

How Eating Disorders Should Influence OB-GYN Care: ACOG’s New Committee Opinion

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently published a committee opinion discussing necessary precautions for patients who may have eating disorders. Eating disorders encompass a wide range of conditions in which a person has abnormal feeding habits; often, eating disorders affect physical health in addition to mental and emotional well-being. Some of the…

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Giving Birth

Before I got pregnant, I thought nine months was a long time. But between preparing the baby’s room, going to birthing classes, and reading every book, magazine article, and blog post I could find about what to expect when I delivered my child, the time flew by! Still, all of my preparation did not prepare…

How Doctors with Disabilities Improve Patient Care

Approximately 20 percent of Americans have some sort of disability, but as few as 1-2 percent of doctors do (1, 2). Moreover, most of these doctors became disabled after completing training (2). Only about 1,500 medical school students in the U.S. are currently receiving accommodations for a disability (3). University websites indicate that they aren’t…