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Women's Health

Women's health — from leading health risks to PMS, menopause, breast health and more.

Classes & Events

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
6-8 p.m.
Barron, WI
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Menomonie, WI
4-6 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
7-9 p.m.

Sibling Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
5-6 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
6-7:30 p.m.
Menomonie, WI
7-9 p.m.

Breast-feeding Education Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
6-8 p.m.

Newborn Care Class

Prenatal & Parenting

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

Prepared Birthing Class

Prenatal & Parenting

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

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
6-7 p.m.

Breast-feeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
6-9 p.m.

In The News

Belle Plaine now offers OB-GYN services locally

Beginning April 20, Tarek Khalife, M.D., and Becky DeLuca, nurse practitioner, will begin providing obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) services in Belle Plaine.

April 14, 2017
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
New OB-GYN physician joins New Prague

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

October 20, 2016
Mammograms: The best test for your breast

One in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

October 13, 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

From The Blog

3 Tips for living well with chronic conditions

It can be a shock to be diagnosed with a long-term illness. You likely will deal with many different feelings following your initial diagnosis, and it’s important to learn how to effectively cope with the daily stresses of living with your illness.

April 24, 2017

Strengthening pelvic floor muscles can help prevent bladder leakage

Leaking urine from your bladder isn’t a normal part of being a woman. However, you may be lulled into thinking leaking is simply something you need to deal with. The best news is you can do something about it.

Kelly Feddema PT By Kelly Feddema April 11, 2017

Sleep is the foundation for healthy habits

Sleep provides the foundation for all our daily habits and decisions. A lack of quality sleep can negatively impact our mood as well as our ability to focus on daily tasks. To maximize your sleep health, here are some tips you can follow.

Martha Yanci Torres MD By Martha Yanci Torres April 5, 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

Poor posture can cause shoulder pain

Did you know your posture can contribute to shoulder pain? A common shoulder condition seen in the physical therapy clinic is referred to as shoulder impingement. Learn how improved posture can mean less pain and greater range of motion.

Jessica Lawrence DPT By Jessica Lawrence March 8, 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

Heart disease in women: Symptoms and risk factors

Pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest is not always severe or even the most prominent heart attack symptom, particularly in women. That’s why it’s important for women to understand their unique symptoms and work to reduce their risk of heart disease.

Stacy Blackburn DO By Stacy Blackburn February 14, 2017

Don’t be bad to the bone: How to preserve bone mass

Did you know that by the time most of us reach the age of 30, our bones have already started to gradually lose their mass? This is one of the first signs of osteoporosis.

Carol Gardner PT By Carol Gardner January 25, 2017

Cervical cancer: Pap smears and prevention

You just received a letter from your doctor’s office informing you that you’re due for your Pap smear. You dutifully call and schedule an appointment, but have you ever taken a moment and really asked yourself what is a Pap? Why are you getting screened for cervical cancer, and can you do anything to prevent it?

Graham King MD By Graham King January 17, 2017

7 ways to combat coughs and colds

The next time you go to see your health care provider for an upper respiratory illness — a cough or cold — don't assume you'll get a prescription for an antibiotic. While antibiotics don't treat viral illnesses, you can use these seven tips to help with recovery.

Emily Langer PA By Emily Langer January 10, 2017

Vulvar health — Pay attention. Speak up.

The vulva is made up of mucous membranes, several glands, and highly innervated and sensitive skin and hair follicles. This makes it one of the most anatomically and physiologically intricate body parts. Vulvar health is dependent on many aspects of a woman's health.

Tarek Khalife MD By Tarek Khalife December 27, 2016
Becky DeLuca CNP By Becky DeLuca December 27, 2016