Rated "Best Hospital for Maternity"
by U.S. News & World Report
No matter what stage of life you're in — from adolescence to pregnancy to menopause — you can receive care from the OB-GYN team. If you have a women's health issue or concern, the team of physicians and advanced-practice providers — physician assistants, midwives and nurse practitioners — is ready to help you find a solution that is best for you.
A variety of surgical and nonsurgical services are available to you for women's issues, including:
- Birth control selection
- Breast care
- Incontinence and bladder care
- Infertility treatment
- Irregular bleeding
Learn more about how OB-GYN services can benefit you.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support
Mayo Clinic Health System is so sorry for your loss. Experiencing the loss of a baby is heartbreaking, and the grief is real. It is difficult for all family members.
As you heal physically and emotionally, Mayo Clinic Health System would like you to know that you are not alone. Staff is available to support families who are grieving the loss of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.
Mayo Clinic Health System provides information, resources and emotional support to help with the grieving process.
A number of resources are available to help families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss:
- The Share Program, a branch of National Share pregnancy and infant loss support, helps families through their grieving and healing processes. This program offers training to staff to help them care for bereaved families prenatally at the time of loss.
- Ecumenical memorial and burial services are held in May and October.
- Annual remembrance events are hosted annually by Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse and Gundersen Health System. If you wish to be part of the mailing list to receive annual invitations, you should contact the Share Program coordinator at 608-785-0940, extension 22389 or via email. Leave your name, phone number and best time to contact in your message. The coordinator will return all inquiries.
- "Miscarriage – It's not your fault"
- "When grief goes unacknowledged"
- "Currents of grief: Finding balance through the holiday season"
- "What's normal when I'm grieving?"
- "Do children grieve?"
- "Offering support to the grieving"
- March of Dimes: Loss and grief
Unwanted Newborn—Safe Options
Some women feel that it isn't the right time to start a family. The resources below are available for women who are unsure if they are keeping their baby.
"If a mother has hidden or denied her pregnancy, she may panic when the baby comes. We can't risk that newborn's life," says Terry Walsh, executive director of Safe Place for Newborns. "There's an option to unsafe abandonment." Under Wisconsin's law, a parent can go to any hospital employee, tell him/her that she wants to leave the baby with Safe Place for Newborns and she won't have to fear that police will be called, Walsh explained. The newborn will be given any needed medical attention and then be placed in foster care for adoption. Learn more.
In Wisconsin, a parent may confidentially hand over her unharmed newborn, up to 3 days old, to any hospital employee, EMT or police professional in the state without fear of prosecution. This law is commonly known as the "safe haven law" or Wisconsin Act 2.
In Minnesota, a parent may confidentially hand over her unharmed newborn, up to 7 days old, with an ambulance dispatched in response to a 9-1-1 call, or at a hospital or health care facility that provides urgent care. Medical staff will give shelter, health care and aid to the newborn. The law does not apply if newborns are born in a hospital, have been harmed or are over 7 days old. Learn more.
If you are considering adoption, please let your nurse or provider know so he or she can connect you with resources.