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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

Nursing Moms Network

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
9-10:30 a.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
9-11 a.m.
Barron, WI
4-8 p.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Weekends

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
7-9 p.m.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
6-7 p.m.

Birth Basics

Prenatal & Parenting

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

Childbirth Preparation

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
6-7:30 p.m.


Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
7-9 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
St. James expands OB-GYN service with new physician

Starting Feb. 6, Jonathan Buchholz, M.D., will begin providing Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) services to patients in St. James.

January 31, 2018
First baby of 2018 born in Barron

Liam Brown was born on Jan. 2, but his due date was Dec. 26.

January 4, 2018
Team effort brings first baby of 2018 in Eau Claire

Sterling Ravago was delivered on Jan. 1 to Christine Ravago and her husband, Simon Bone, by first-time surrogate mom Alyssa Johnson of Eau Claire.

January 1, 2018

From The Blog

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 or 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

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 September 12, 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

Boost infant health with breast milk before baby's birth

When preparing for the birth of your new baby, you likely completed a checklist to ensure you had everything ready to go before your bundle of joy arrived. Set up crib. Check. Purchase diapers. Check. Attend childbirth education classes. Check. Gather colostrum. Wait, what?

April 23, 2018

Ectopic pregnancy: Signs, treatment and future fertility

Ectopic pregnancies may be rare. However, in the off chance that an ectopic pregnancy is discovered, it’s a situation that needs to be taken seriously. Often, patients have questions and are looking for answers to help understand this condition. Here are a few of the most common themes discussed during the diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy.

Tarek Khalife MD By Tarek Khalife March 19, 2018

Post-menopausal bleeding: Should you be concerned?

The term “menopause” can be daunting on its own, but coupling it with the words “abnormal bleeding” may cause extra concern. Consulting with your women's health care provider will determine the cause and next steps.

Madhu Bagaria MD By Madhu Bagaria March 8, 2018