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

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
05/22/2019
9-11 a.m.

Nursing Moms Network

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
05/22/2019
9-10:30 a.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
05/23/2019
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Childbirth Preparation

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
06/01/2019
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
06/04/2019
6-8 p.m.

Breastfeeding

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
06/05/2019
7-9 p.m.

Breastfeeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
06/05/2019
6-8 p.m.

Breastfeeding

Prenatal & Parenting

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

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
06/10/2019
6-7:30 p.m.

Birth Basics

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
06/13/2019
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Barron, WI
06/15/2019
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
06/18/2019
6-7 p.m.

In The News

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

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

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.

April 5, 2019

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.

April 2, 2019

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.

March 28, 2019

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.

Emily Sisco, C.N.M. 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