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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

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
6-8 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
6-7:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
7-9 p.m.

Sibling Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
5-6 p.m.
Menomonie, WI
7-9 p.m.

Saturday Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Newborn Care Class

Prenatal & Parenting

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

Prepared Birthing Class - Full

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Barron, WI
4-8 p.m.

Breast-feeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
6-9 p.m.

Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
6:30-8:30 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: 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

High-risk pregnancy has happy ending

Most pregnancies and deliveries are blissfully routine. But for the small number that aren’t, having fast access to high-quality care can sometimes mean the difference between a happy ending and a tragedy. This is one of those stories.

March 4, 2016

Myth or fact: Could I be going through a midlife crisis?

I was recently asked, “Can someone have a midlife crisis?” This is a great question, as all of us go through personal issues and transitions in our lives. 

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham March 4, 2016