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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
09/24/2018
7-9 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
09/25/2018
6-8 p.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
09/26/2018
9-11 a.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
09/27/2018
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
10/04/2018
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Breastfeeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
10/04/2018
6-9 p.m.
Barron, WI
10/06/2018
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
10/13/2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
10/15/2018
6-7:30 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
11/01/2018
6-8 p.m.

One-day Childbirth Prep

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
11/10/2018
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sibling Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
11/13/2018
5-6 p.m.

In The News

New OB-GYN welcomed in Red Wing

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

July 19, 2018
Cooling cot donated to Eau Claire Birth Center to help grieving parents

The cot is a cooling system for stillborn babies, which allows families more time with their baby to help them cope with their loss.

June 7, 2018
Nurse-midwife joins OB-GYN in Eau Claire

Heidi Carter’s professional interests include providing individualized health care to women, paying attention to their cultural, familial and social needs, with a particular interest in the LGBT...

May 7, 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
2018 New Year’s Day baby born in Menomonie

Rochelle and Jonathan Kroening of Menomonie knew they might have a holiday baby, but they expected him to arrive closer to Christmas.

January 2, 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

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

Why you should screen early and vaccinate against cervical cancer

Did you know that cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death in women? Find out what changed and how you can help protect yourself or your family against it.

February 12, 2018

Preparing for your first pelvic exam

Setting up your appointment for your first pelvic exam can be nerve-wracking. Even though it’s the most accurate way to screen for cervical cancer and HPV, the uncertainty of what it all entails still may leave you with questions.

January 23, 2018

Too dry for tampons: Now what?

No one looks forward to their menstrual cycle and the pain and other symptoms it brings with it, but what if you’re too dry to use tampons to combat the bleeding? There are a few factors that can cause dryness and a few ways to treat the problem.

January 11, 2018