Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

July

Prenatal & Parenting
Red Wing, MN In Person

This class is for after your baby is born. Parents and baby are welcomed back to the classroom for the new challenges of baby care and parenting.

Educators and lactation consultants will answer parent questions and review topics such as baby care, growth and development, weight gain, lactation and feeding issues, and facing new challenges. Attend as many classes as desired. Siblings and family members are welcome.

Registration is not required.

If there is inclement weather, Mayo Clinic Health System will likely cancel class.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver at so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Prenatal & Parenting
Albert Lea, MN In Person

This two-day class is designed for women in their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include:

  • Maternal/fetal aspects of the third trimester
  • Labor and delivery
  • Relaxation skills
  • Breathing techniques
  • Cesarean birth
  • The “normal” newborn
  • Postpartum adjustments
  • Car seat information
  • Tour of Family Birth Center

Dates:

  • May 2 and 9, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • July 6 and 13, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 7 and 14, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 7 and 14, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
 

Class cancellation

If class is canceled, we will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. We reserve the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. You also may call to ask about class status:

  • Freeborn County Public Health: 507-377-5100

This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Prenatal & Parenting
Eau Claire, WI Virtual

This weekly drop-in group meets every Wednesday via Zoom. The group is for moms to work through the natural ups and downs of breastfeeding with other moms and a lactation consultant. Bring your baby and personal pump or parts to use the hospital-grade pump, if needed. The group is facilitated by certified lactation consultants.

Email eunursingmoms@mayo.edu to request a Zoom link invite.

If you are in need of breastfeeding assistance, please set up a one-on-one appointment through your Patient Online Services account, or call us at 715-838-5437.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients in the Northwest Wisconsin Region. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN In Person

This group is for new mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding. Baby Cafe is a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information in a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other. Registration is not required, this is a drop-in offering. 

Class Cancellations

If a class is canceled, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. Mayo Clinic Health System reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. If local schools are cancelled, so are prenatal education offerings. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. Call 507-594-4607 for cancellation or postponement information.

Prenatal & Parenting
Barron, WI In Person

Register for this one-time, two-hour class (bimonthly dates available) designed for women who are considering breastfeeding or those who have decided to breastfeed. It covers the benefits of breastfeeding and information needed to achieve breastfeeding goals. Support people welcome. Babies are encouraged to attend.

If you have a breastfeeding question or problem, call lactation services at 715-537-2230.

Register at least two days prior to class start.

Class sizes are limited. See additional class availability on the calendar.

If class is canceled, we will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. We reserve the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. You also may call the Family Birth Center at 715-537-2360 to ask about class status.

The schedule for this offering is flexible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients in the Northwest Wisconsin Region. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Support Groups
Virtual

This free four-week virtual series on Zoom for adults to explore grief as a natural process, allowing participants to learn about the grief process and connect with others who are grieving the death of a loved one. Topics include understanding grief, navigating common reactions, memories, special days, coping and finding hope.

Attend all sessions in a series.

After registering, you'll receive a Zoom link.

Prenatal & Parenting
La Crosse, WI In Person

This in-person support group is a great way to meet local moms, ask questions about lactation and newborn care, and check your baby’s weight. Education topic or speaker will vary each week. Drop in to group as it works for your schedule. Call Lactation at 608-392-9789 with any questions or concerns.

 

Fitness & Weight Management
Fairmont, MN Virtual

In this virtual class (online, offered twice per month), you will learn how our comprehensive program of surgery, dietary counseling, behavior modification, exercise and support can lead to a healthier life.

  • What weight loss options are available?
  • What are the benefits and risks of surgery?
  • What can I expect if I decide to have weight loss surgery?
  • How do I get started?
Registration is required. Call 507-594-5951 or click on the registration button above. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.
Fitness & Weight Management
Mankato, MN Virtual

In this virtual class (online), you will learn how our comprehensive program of surgery, dietary counseling, behavior modification, exercise and support can lead to a healthier life.

  • What weight loss options are available?
  • What are the benefits and risks of surgery?
  • What can I expect if I decide to have weight loss surgery?
  • How do I get started?
Registration is required and you will receive a Zoom link upon registration.
Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN In Person

This three-week class held on Mondays, is for moms at 24–32 weeks' gestation and their support person. Topics include a variety of information on pregnancy, the process of labor and delivery, comfort measures, the days transitioning from pregnancy to the postpartum period, newborn care and the adjustments of being new parents. Registration is required and class size is limited.

For those who can't come to a childbirth class, we offer the Understanding Birth eClass. Learn more about this class and register here (scroll toward bottom of the page).



This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.


Class cancellations

If a class is canceled, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. Mayo Clinic Health System reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. If local schools are cancelled, so are prenatal education offerings. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. Call 507-238-8100 for cancellation or postponement information.

Prenatal & Parenting
Eau Claire, WI Virtual

This late afternoon virtual group class (online via Zoom, offered monthly) is designed for women who are considering breastfeeding or those who have decided to breastfeed. It covers the benefits of breastfeeding and information needed to achieve breastfeeding goals. Register for your preferred date to take the class using the "Register" link, and we'll email you a Zoom link to join the class. See additional class availability on the calendar. Additional breastfeeding classes are offered from 2-3:30 p.m.

Contact WellnessClinic@mayo.edu with questions related to prenatal education classes and registration.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients in the Northwest Wisconsin Region. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Special Event
Fairmont, MN In Person

Get 30% off all complete pairs of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Get up to 50% off additional pairs.

All current eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions can be filled regardless of where you had your exam completed. Our opticians are eager to assist you in selecting a frame that works best for you.

No other discounts or insurance benefits apply.

View the Summer Eyewear Sale flyer for sale dates at other locations.

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