Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

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
03/26/2019
6-8 p.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
03/27/2019
9-11 a.m.

Nursing Moms Network

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
03/27/2019
9-10:30 a.m.

Birth Basics

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
03/28/2019
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
03/28/2019
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Breastfeeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
04/02/2019
6-9 p.m.

Breastfeeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
04/03/2019
6-7:30 p.m.

Breastfeeding

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
04/04/2019
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Barron, WI
04/06/2019
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Childbirth Preparation

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
04/06/2019
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
04/06/2019
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
04/08/2019
6-7:30 p.m.

In The News

First baby born in 2019 in Barron

Amara Lynne Stone was born on Jan. 8 at 1:24 a.m.

January 9, 2019
First baby born in 2019 in Menomonie

Lincoln John Sullivan-Forsberg was born at 8:07 p.m. on Jan. 2.

January 3, 2019
Staff member mother of first baby born in 2019 in Eau Claire

Alecia and Nick Brinkman are parents of the first baby born at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire in 2019.

January 2, 2019
Baby blessings counted in 2018 in northwest Wisconsin

What’s in a name? Ask Madeline, Olivia or Hazel. Or Henry, Jackson and Ezra. Those names topped the lists of babies born in northwest Wisconsin.

December 19, 2018
New OB-GYN welcomed in Red Wing

Sarah Helm, D.O., recently joined the women’s health team.

July 19, 2018
New prenatal program in northwest Wisconsin offers online, phone visits

The OB Nest Program offers expectant mothers a convenient option for prenatal care that will reduce the number of trips to the doctor’s office, combining traditional prenatal care office visi...

April 19, 2018

From The Blog

5 ways to prepare before starting a family

Pregnancy is an exciting time in life, but it also is a time of big lifestyle changes. If you are thinking about starting a family, it's a good idea to consider how starting a family will impact your life and prepare for those changes.

Sisco Emily 2011 By Emily Sisco March 21, 2019

How safe is your nursery?

After months of waiting, you have finally welcomed your child into the world. Your main priority now is to keep your little miracle safe. Your baby will be spending a lot of time in the nursery, so it is important to check it over and correct potential hazards. Take a few minutes to evaluate each part of your nursery.

March 6, 2019

Choose the birth control that’s best for you

Choosing the right birth control can be tricky. Many factors go into selecting the option that’s right for you.

March 4, 2019

6 contributors to bacterial vaginosis

It's hard to ignore when things are feeling a little off "down there." Learn about six factors that can contribute to bacterial vaginosis.

Carla Toft, C.N.M. By Carla Toft March 1, 2019

What is urge incontinence, and how is it treated?

Urge incontinence — the loss of bladder control — is a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. Treatment options range from conservative to more invasive.

Susan Johnston, P.A.-C. By Susan Johnston January 10, 2019

Rainbow baby brings joy after long journey to parenthood

Stephanie and Nick Beaudrie, D.O., never gave up hope that they would have a healthy baby. They share their story of heartache and joy having experienced three pregnancy losses before welcoming their son, Owen.

October 22, 2018

Ovarian cancer: Get the facts

Ovarian cancer takes the lives of thousands of women each year. Knowing symptoms and risk factors can increase your chances of early diagnosis and recovery.

September 28, 2018

Hope and heart: Living each day to the fullest with stage 4 ovarian cancer

Michelle Messer, diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage 4 ovarian cancer five years ago, shares her message of hope and healing thanks to her team of physicians and nurses.

September 19, 2018

Is urine incontinence normal for women?

Although urine incontinence, or the involuntary leakage of urine, is a common symptom that affects 1 in 4 women, it's not normal. Learn about evaluation and treatment options.

Tarek Khalife MD By Tarek Khalife July 30, 2018

Living life to the fullest after cancer treatment

Megan Brooks lives every day to the fullest after her care team, family and friends helped her through two cancer diagnoses.

July 20, 2018

Sexually transmitted diseases: What you need to know

You probably remember having some form of the safe sex talk with your parents with the focus around preventing pregnancy. It’s equally important to talk about sexually transmitted diseases.

Amber Kraft NP By Amber Kraft April 25, 2018

Fertility care close to home makes dreams of baby come true

Ever since she can remember, Marissa Merrill says she dreamed of being a mom, even though she knew it likely would mean a long and complicated journey. Her diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome when she was 13 meant conceiving children would be difficult.

April 24, 2018