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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) provides care designed for your whole body, including prenatal care, child birth and preventive measures. We view our role in women's health as a partnership — helping you understand the options available — so you can make decisions that fit your lifestyle.

Classes & Events

Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
03/30/2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
04/04/2017
6-7 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
04/05/2017
6-7:30 p.m.

Newborn Care Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
04/10/2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
04/11/2017
6-8 p.m.

Saturday Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
04/15/2017
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
04/15/2017
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Barron, WI
04/29/2017
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
05/01/2017
7-9 p.m.

Sibling Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
05/02/2017
5-6 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
05/03/2017
6-7:30 p.m.

In The News

First babies of the new year announced in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague

Mayo Clinic Health System today announced the birth of the first baby of the New Year in its hospitals in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague. 

January 3, 2017
Obstetrical ultrasound recertified in Eau Claire

The latest accreditation is for three years.

December 22, 2016
New OB-GYN physician joins New Prague

Tarek Khalife, M.D., started seeing patients Oct. 10, 2016.

October 20, 2016
New Specialty Care Nursery opens in Mankato

The nursery features improved space and enhanced privacy for babies and their families, as well as additional advanced care for the smallest of patients.

April 18, 2016
Fast-track hysterectomy in Eau Claire helps women head home quicker for recovery

A fast-track hysterectomy is designed to prepare women to go home after a short stay in the hospital, often hours after surgery.

February 12, 2016
New inpatient OB-GYN director named in Eau Claire

Registered nurse Christine Boe previously worked as nursing supervisor in Surgical Prep & Recovery in Eau Claire.

October 5, 2015
Certified nurse-midwife Margaret Landry joins OB-GYN in Menomonie

Landry’s special interests include lifestyle medicine, women’s health, stress management, physical activity and nutrition.

September 30, 2015

From The Blog

Too Embarrassed to Ask: Is urinary incontinence in women treatable?

Women suffering from urinary incontinence often think it’s untreatable and something they have to learn to live with. Thankfully, this is not the case, and there are many options to treating urinary incontinence, including surgery.

Fadi Yahya MD By Fadi Yahya March 20, 2017

Convenience and exceptional care: When you know you’re in the right place

Pregnant with her third baby, Liz Kittelson was hoping for an exact repeat of her second pregnancy. But, during the third month, Kittelson learned she would have to transition her family’s care to another provider because her doctor would be leaving.

March 9, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: Part I

We understand that in the world of obstetrics and gynecology, there are many topics which women may wonder about, but are uncertain how to address. This series is designed to help you to feel less squeamish about discussing those topics.

Heidi Gaston MD By Heidi Gaston February 24, 2017

Easing labor pain with inhaled nitrous oxide

Increasing numbers of expectant moms are requesting nitrous oxide for pain relief during childbirth. Answers to some common questions may help you decide if this comfort measure is right for you.

Jennifer Meyers CNM By Jennifer Meyers February 15, 2017

Work more comfortably while pregnant

For most women, taking nine months off to rest while pregnant is not a possibility. Women often plan to work right up to their due date in order to get the most time possible with their baby during maternity leave. But working during pregnancy isn’t always easy. In order to stay healthy and productive on the job, it’s helpful to understand how to alleviate common pregnancy discomforts.

Bert Hodous MD By Bert Hodous September 27, 2016

Menstrual cups vs. tampons: Things you might not know about the cup

Not quite sure what a menstrual cup is or how it works? You are not alone. Even though menstrual cups have been around since the early 1930s, only in the past few years have they become a more popular choice for women.

May 26, 2016

Pregnant women and Zika virus: What we know, what we don’t know

Although risks of exposure to the Zika virus still are largely unknown, find out what you can do to protect yourself and your unborn baby.

May 4, 2016

Miscarriage – It’s not your fault

As an obstetrician/gynecologist, I see couples who are having difficulty staying pregnant. It is certainly disappointing and saddening when they realize that they have lost their baby.

Gabriela Cardenas Palecek, M.D. By Gabriela Cardenas Palecek May 4, 2016

Anything is possible: One couple’s journey to start a family

For someone who never thought she wanted children, Nicole Whipple went through more than most women do just to get pregnant. 

April 29, 2016

Essential oils and pregnancy

Women will often ask me about the use of essential oils in labor. Essential oils can be used for many things, and they’re starting to be used more and more by pregnant women around the world.

Sisco Emily 2011 By Emily Sisco April 29, 2016

Thinking about getting pregnant? 5 things to think about first

Making healthy lifestyle choices before you conceive can decrease your risk of complications during pregnancy and increase the chances of having a healthy baby. Making changes now will benefit you and your baby in the future.

Cynthia Haugsdal NP By Cindy Haugsdal April 29, 2016

Centering Pregnancy program offers a unique model of prenatal care

Allison Spencer was excited about becoming a new mother. But at 35, she was older than most of her friends had been when they started their families. So she sometimes felt alone in her excitement.

March 4, 2016