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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 – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
02/20/2018
6-8 p.m.

Breast-feeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
02/22/2018
6-9 p.m.

Baby Café Mankato

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
02/22/2018
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
03/01/2018
6-8 p.m.

One-day Childbirth Prep

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
03/03/2018
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
03/05/2018
7-9 p.m.

Sibling Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
03/13/2018
5-6 p.m.
Barron, WI
03/15/2018
4-8 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Weekends

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
03/16/2018
Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
04/05/2018
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Breast-feeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
04/09/2018
6-7:30 p.m.
Barron, WI
04/14/2018
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

In The News

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
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
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

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

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.

December 29, 2017

Giving thanks for special care

Jess Pederson didn’t think she would ever be able to have a baby. Her journey to motherhood was a long one, marked with struggle and heartache along the way.

November 20, 2017

Postpartum depression: Not something you just get over

After her second child was born, Alethea Clark thought she just had the baby blues and it would pass. But as time went on, the situation became more serious.

November 15, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: I just had a baby — what's wrong with my moods?

Having a baby is one of the most important, joyful, exciting and tumultuous times in a woman's life. Just as a joyfully anticipated pregnancy can still have its ups and downs, so too can the birth of a new baby.

Caitlin Dunham MD By Caitlin Dunham November 14, 2017

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.

November 8, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: An update on Pap tests

The guidelines about when women should have a Pap test have changed. Studies about HPV and cervical cancer conducted over the last 10–20 years have identified no advantages to having an annual Pap test over the current recommendations.

Cynthia Haugsdal NP By Cindy Haugsdal November 2, 2017

Prenatal care close to home helps mom prepare for baby No. 2

When Kaitlyn Bernard, of Chetek, Wisconsin, learned she would be having a second child, she knew she'd deliver in Barron. But, she was relieved she could get prenatal appointments in Chetek.

October 20, 2017

Syphilis: A rising community presence

Across the country, the rate of syphilis infection is increasing. Learn more about syphilis and how you can reduce your risk of getting or spreading the infection.

Trevor Rich, M.D. By Trevor Rich October 19, 2017

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 October 13, 2017