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 Mankato

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
11/23/2017
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Sibling Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
11/28/2017
5-6 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
11/28/2017
6-8 p.m.

Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
11/30/2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Breast-feeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
12/04/2017
6-7:30 p.m.
Mankato, MN
12/05/2017
6-9 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
12/06/2017
6-7:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
12/09/2017
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Newborn Care Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
12/11/2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
12/16/2017
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Barron, WI
12/16/2017
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
12/19/2017
6-7 p.m.

In The News

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
First babies of the new year announced in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague

Mayo Clinic Health System today announced the birth of the first baby of the New Year in its hospitals in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague. 

January 3, 2017
Obstetrical ultrasound recertified in Eau Claire

The latest accreditation is for three years.

December 22, 2016
Fast-track hysterectomy in Eau Claire helps women head home quicker for recovery

A fast-track hysterectomy is designed to prepare women to go home after a short stay in the hospital, often hours after surgery.

February 12, 2016
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

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

Too Embarrassed to Ask: Why are my periods irregular, heavy and painful?

Menstrual cycle irregularities are common among women. There are three common bleeding patterns, and each is associated with a number of causes.

Fadi Yahya MD By Fadi Yahya October 5, 2017

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.

September 29, 2017

Uterovaginal prolapse: What's that?

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

June 8, 2017

When should a female start seeing a gynecologist?

With several choices in health care providers and specialties, determining who to see and when can be confusing. As an OB-GYN provider, one of the most common questions I hear from patients is, "What are the differences between the services offered by a gynecology provider versus a family medicine provider?"

Becky DeLuca CNP By Becky DeLuca May 23, 2017