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May

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.

 

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. Family members and siblings age 6 and older 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.

June

Prenatal & Parenting
Red Wing, MN In Person

This class is recommended to take in your sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include initiating breastfeeding, breastfeeding during the first year of life, how the benefits of breastfeeding can affect your baby’s and mom’s overall health, and breastfeeding success when going back to work.

If there is inclement weather, cancellations will be announced on KCUE, the local radio station. You can also call Mayo Clinic Health System's switchboard at 651-267-5000. If a class is canceled for non-weather reasons, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email.


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
Fairmont, MN In Person

This Monday class is for moms at 24–32 weeks' gestation and their support person. Participants will learn the many benefits of breastfeeding and the essentials of newborn care. Topics include benefits of skin-to-skin contact, feeding cues and positions, long-term breastfeeding goals, dealing with complications and baby care.

Registration is required and class size is limited.

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, we'll 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. 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.

Fitness & Weight Management
Red Wing, MN Virtual

This virtual class is held weekly and includes a gentle movement practice, relaxation techniques and breathing practices to reduce pain, improve sleep, increase energy, restore balance, and improve your attitude and overall quality of life. The class is personalized to meet participant needs. For these yoga poses, participants will sit in a chair and stand using a chair for balance. This class may help people with chronic health conditions, such as pain, diabetes, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis.

Michele Hoffman, a Mayo Clinic Health System Integrative Medicine & Health certified yoga therapist, will teach the class.

After registration, a Zoom link will be emailed. Start your six sessions anytime. You can continue attending for an additional $55 for six more classes.

Classes will not be held on holidays.

Prenatal & Parenting
La Crosse, WI In Person

This one-hour class is intended for parents and grandparents. It includes information about the steps related to performing infant CPR and relief of choking. This is not a certification course. No completion cards or certificates will be given for participating. View additional class availability on the calendar.

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.

Interpreter services are provided for free for patients who do not speak English and are attending an in-person course in La Crosse. Call Mayo Clinic Health System at 608-392-9090 to arrange for an interpreter.

All registered participants will receive a confirmation letter. Patient portal users will receive a confirmation letter via the portal.

Class cancellation
If you must cancel your registration, call 608-392-9090 at least three business days prior to your class so those on the waitlist can have your spot. Classes that do not meet the minimum size requirements may be canceled. Classes that reach maximum capacity will be closed. If there are severe weather warnings in the La Crosse and surrounding counties, classes will be canceled. Call 608-392-9723 to confirm class cancellation due to severe weather.

Prenatal & Parenting
Mankato, MN In Person

This five-week series, held on Tuesdays, 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.

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 507-594-4607 for cancellation or postponement information.

Community Education
Virtual

Start the Journey to Wellness

Being healthy, or keeping your workforce healthy, can be hard. Wading through all the resources can be overwhelming.

Mayo Clinic Health System has cut through the noise and bundled key materials into free monthly toolkits to keep you, and your employees, family and friends healthy. Each month, we'll focus on a different aspect of healthy living.

During this yearlong program, you use the provided resources and activities, choosing those that are important to you and completing them on your schedule. Those who register will receive access to a new toolkit each month that includes resources, such as blogs, videos, handouts and activities. You'll also have access to explore resources from previous months.

Employers can enroll on behalf of the workplace and send resources directly to their workforce each month. Or they can ask employees to enroll individually if preferred.

Individuals can enroll and guide themselves through the resources each month. Feel free to get family and friends involved.

Learn more and register for Journey to Wellness.

Prenatal & Parenting
Eau Claire, WI In Person

Tours are open to current patients and nonpatients wanting to learn more about Mayo Clinic Health System.

Meet staff by the fountain, located in the hospital lobby. Enter through the main hospital entrance or the parking ramp hallway.

 

Prenatal & Parenting
Rice Lake, WI In Person

This drop-in group is for families to work through the natural ups and downs of breastfeeding with a lactation consultant and the support of other families. Bring your baby and come as you are to this informal group. The group is facilitated by certified lactation consultants. An infant scale is available should you want to weigh your baby.

If you need one-on-one breastfeeding assistance, set up an appointment through your patient portal account, or call us at 715-838-5025.

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
Mankato, MN In Person

This eight-week group is for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Participants will meet once weekly to share stories, explore the process of grief and healing, and find comfort in knowing they are not alone.

Hospice Department staff host the group.

This group is limited to 10 participants. Call for more information or to register by June 3.

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.

Press Room

Emphasizing early mobilization key to recovery for stroke patients

La Crosse is redefining stroke care with a focus on early mobilization for patients, aiming to optimize recovery and minimize complications.

May 29, 2024
Cancer survivors night

To honor cancer survivors and their loved ones, the Eau Claire Express baseball team is proud to present, with the support of Mayo Clinic Health System, Cancer Survivors Night on Saturday, June 15.

May 28, 2024
Grand opening celebration of Mankato hospital expansion and modernization

After two years of construction, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato celebrated the grand opening of its $155 million hospital expansion on May 14.

May 15, 2024
Extraordinary Waseca nurse recognized with DAISY award

Krystal Malis, a registered nurse in Waseca, is being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses.

May 10, 2024
Mankato breast clinic dedicated as Hoffman Paschke Breast Clinic

In recognition of a generous $3.5 million gift, the Madison East Health Campus breast clinic has been renamed as the Hoffman Paschke Breast Clinic.

May 10, 2024
Top marks earned for patient safety and patient experience

All six eligible hospitals earned A grades from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization that provides safety ratings.

May 2, 2024
Primary Care On Demand app launch

Mayo Clinic Health System patients 18 and older in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin now have 24/7/365 access to care through a new mobile app.

March 21, 2024
Janesville clinic to permanently close

Patients can continue to be seen in Waseca and Mankato, or take advantage of virtual or online options.

March 1, 2024
Volunteer opportunities available in Northwest Wisconsin

If you're passionate about making a positive impact and contributing to the well-being of others, help us to continue to put the needs of the patients first and build a stronger, healthier community.

March 1, 2024
Grant opportunities available in Northwest Wisconsin

Funding will support programs and initiatives that broadly affect community and social determinants of health needs and focus on improving the well-being of communities in Northwest Wisconsin.

March 1, 2024
Eau Claire, Mankato named among America’s Best Hospitals by Healthgrades

Mankato was named among America's 50 Best Hospitals, and Eau Claire was included in the 100 best list by Healthgrades, an independent healthcare ratings company.

January 30, 2024
Statement regarding non-Mayo Clinic closure announcements in Northwest Wisconsin

Our thoughts are with the patients and staff impacted by the recent non-Mayo Clinic hospital and clinic closure announcements in Northwest Wisconsin.

January 29, 2024

Hometown Health Blog

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Considering hip replacement? Learn about your surgical options

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Be sun savvy, protect yourself from skin cancer

UV rays from the sun can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. The key is to be sun savvy and know how to keep your skin healthy. Explore ways to be smart in the sun to help protect your skin.

Rebecca Danhof MD By Rebecca Danhof May 21, 2024

All about tonsil stones

You may not notice your tonsils in the back of your throat until they're inflamed or develop tonsil stones. Discover why the small pebbles in the tonsil tissue can be more than just a nuisance.

Pao Vang, M.D. By Pao Vang May 20, 2024

Answers to 3 common questions about measles

Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S., but cases are returning. Get answers to common questions about measles, and read why vaccination is the best defense against the spread of the virus.

Sarah Scherger MD By Sarah Scherger May 17, 2024

6 ways to manage high blood pressure

High blood pressure can be dangerous when there aren't symptoms indicating a problem. Learn why your blood pressure matters and the risk factors you can change in your lifestyle.

Philip van Huigenbos, D.O. By Philip van Huigenbos May 14, 2024

Could you benefit from a sports medicine consult? Check out these top 5 FAQ

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Robert Freed, D.O. By Robert Freed May 13, 2024

Clinic staff's response gives waiting room crisis a happy ending

While waiting for her husband at their clinic, Colleen Lundequam had no warning before she went into cardiac arrest. Quick action by the clinic's team made all the difference in her good-news recovery.

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Taming ticks: Tips to avoid or remove a tick

While you're enjoying the outdoors, ticks are looking for a ride — and a meal. Ticks survive on blood from humans and animals, and can transmit disease. Learn how to tame these unwelcome hitchhikers.

Katie Clubb MD By Katie Clubb May 6, 2024

Young people wearing earbuds or headphones? Listen up

Noise-induced hearing loss, even from earbuds and headphones, can be permanent. That's why it's important to teach young people safe listening habits and how to protect their hearing.

Katie Dease, Au.D. By Katie Dease May 3, 2024

Timesaving tips for cooking healthy meals

If cooking a healthy meal at home seems like a reach, one approach can make it a reality. That's weekly meal planning. Yes, there's work upfront, but it saves time on the busy weeknights. Learn how.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen May 1, 2024

Understanding autism: The path to diagnosis, awareness and support

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder can be challenging because of the distinctive pattern of symptoms. Learn about evolving awareness and treatments for neurodivergent conditions.

Janice Schreier MSW By Janice Schreier April 24, 2024