Health Topics

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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

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
10/22/2019
6-7 p.m.

Breastfeeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
10/22/2019
6-9 p.m.

Nursing Moms Network

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
10/23/2019
9-10:30 a.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
10/23/2019
9-11 a.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
10/24/2019
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Childbirth Preparation

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
11/02/2019
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
11/04/2019
7-9 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
11/05/2019
6-8 p.m.

Breastfeeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
11/06/2019
6-8 p.m.

Breastfeeding

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
11/07/2019
​6-8 p.m.

Saturday Birth Basics

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
11/09/2019
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Breastfeeding

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
11/11/2019
4-6 p.m.

In The News

Eau Claire earns nurse-midwife best practice award

For the fifth consecutive year, the nurse-midwife group in OB-GYN at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has won the Triple Aim Best Practice Award.

September 10, 2019
Nurse practitioners seeing obstetrics patients in Springfield and Lamberton

OB Shared Care program partners family medicine providers with OB-GYNs.

April 12, 2019
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

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 of urine. Treatment options range from conservative to more invasive.

Susan Johnston, P.A.-C. By Susan Johnston August 23, 2019

Uterovaginal prolapse — What's that?

There’s so much to know about how a woman’s body changes. Women talk about periods, breastfeeding, 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.

July 17, 2019

Using ovulation kits to predict fertility

Search for ovulation kit or ovulation app online, and you’ll quickly see that finding the right tool can be a little overwhelming. Check out this advice on how to choose the best one for you and use it successfully.

Alicia Ogle, N.P. By Alicia Ogle July 11, 2019

Trying to get pregnant? Select a lubricant that is most helpful for sperm

Lubrication can be an easy way to increase comfort during intercourse. However, many couples who are trying to conceive don’t realize that lubricants can adversely affect sperm.

Alicia Ogle, N.P. By Alicia Ogle June 18, 2019

5 FAQ about laughing gas for pain relief during labor and delivery

Laughing gas is one of many options women may choose from to control pain during childbirth, but you may misunderstand how it really works. Get answers to five common questions about nitrous oxide use during labor and delivery.

June 12, 2019

Special delivery: Neonatologist helps welcome baby from 50 miles away

Clara Louis couldn't wait to be born — she came eight weeks early. But her mom had a team of doctors ready at the bedside and 50 miles away for this special delivery.

May 17, 2019

Midwives offer care during pregnancy, throughout a woman's life

Molly Slama's pregnancy was considered high risk because of previous miscarriages. But she discovered the obstetrics nursing experience of nurse-midwives, in addition to caring for women through all ages and stages of life, fit her situation well.

May 16, 2019

Busy mom finds virtual appointments convenient option for prenatal care

During her second pregnancy, Briana Rachick worked full time while organizing a hectic household and chasing around her 3-year-old. She enrolled in Mayo Clinic OB Nest for a more convenient and time-saving prenatal care option. Learn about Briana's journey, which combined traditional prenatal care office visits with in-home monitoring.

May 9, 2019

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.

April 29, 2019

Menopause: Change of life Q&A

Menopause— often called the change of life — is a natural part of aging. Learn about signs, symptoms and treatment options.

John Smith MD By John Smith April 23, 2019

Teamwork and telemedicine used to save newborn's life

A month before her due date, Mary Beth Delong was rushed to the hospital to deliver her baby. When baby Reuben was born not breathing, the OB-GYN team in Eau Claire connected with Mayo Clinic experts via telemedicine to resuscitate him.

April 20, 2019

Can probiotics boost vaginal health?

Probiotics can do more than aid digestion. Studies have shown that regularly taking oral probiotics may help prevent recurring vaginal infections. Get tips and precaution for taking probiotics.

Carla Toft, C.N.M. By Carla Toft April 17, 2019