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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

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
09/25/2017
7-9 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
09/26/2017
6-8 p.m.

Birth Basics Class - Cancelled

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
09/28/2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Baby Café Mankato

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
09/28/2017
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Barron, WI
09/28/2017
4-8 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
10/04/2017
6-7:30 p.m.

Ladies First

Special Event

Mankato, MN
10/05/2017
5:30-9 p.m.

Newborn Care Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
10/09/2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
10/14/2017
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Barron, WI
10/14/2017
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Breast-feeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
10/16/2017
6-7:30 p.m.

Breast-feeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
10/17/2017
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
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
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

Uterovaginal prolapse: What's that?

There’s so much to know about how a woman’s body changes. Women talk about periods, breast-feeding, stretch marks, weight gain and hot flashes. But, so often, many of the details of the aging process go undiscussed. Here’s a little quiz to check your knowledge when it comes to uterine prolapse.

June 8, 2017

When should a female start seeing a gynecologist?

With several choices in health care providers and specialties, determining who to see and when can be confusing. As an OB-GYN provider, one of the most common questions I hear from patients is, "What are the differences between the services offered by a gynecology provider versus a family medicine provider?"

Becky DeLuca CNP By Becky DeLuca May 23, 2017

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 May 22, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: Part 3

Menopause can be a blessing for those with a history of heavy periods and pelvic pain, but it also can be a curse for others with new-onset, frequent disturbing hot flashes, drenching sweats, sleepless nights, horrible mood swings, vaginal dryness and urinary disturbances.

Rubin Raju MD By Rubin Raju April 26, 2017

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