Choose a prenatal care provider
Starting or growing a family is a very exciting time. One of the many steps to preparing for baby is to select a provider who cares for you during pregnancy, labor and delivery.
In northwest Wisconsin, women can choose from family medicine physicians and advanced care providers, family medicine residents, nurse-midwives and OB-GYNs for their maternity care. Beyond your primary provider, an entire team of experts and specialized staff work together to serve you. Brief videos are available to help you select a health care provider whose approach to labor, delivery and pain management aligns with yours.
In the Barron area, women who receive prenatal care in Barron, Chetek and Rice Lake typically deliver in Barron.
Family medicine providers
Family medicine physicians and advanced care providers are trained to care for people of all ages. They provide preconception counseling and prenatal care. Typically, the family medicine physician who cares for you in clinic will deliver your newborn. They care for the medical needs of infants, children and your entire family.
Family medicine physician residents
Residents are family medicine physicians in training through the Mayo Family Medicine Residency program in Eau Claire. Residents often have faculty members participating in care so patients receive the benefit of the resident and physician. Residents provide preconception counseling, prenatal care, and labor and delivery care for low-risk pregnancies. They care for the medical needs of infants, children and your entire family. Typically, the resident who cares for you in clinic will deliver your newborn. They care for the medical needs of infants, children and your entire family.
Physicians who have completed specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology are commonly referred to as Obstetricians, OB-GYNs, or simply OBs. OB-GYNs provide preconception counseling, fertility, prenatal care, and labor and delivery care for low- and high-risk pregnancies. They only provide women’s health care.
The OB-GYN team rotates labor and delivery call; the physician who is on call at the time of your delivery will deliver your newborn. OB-GYNs provide additional services beyond maternity care.