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

Birth Basics

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI

Breastfeeding Class (daytime)

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Breastfeeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
5-6:30 p.m.
Barron, WI
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Childbirth Preparation

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
1-5 p.m.
Red Wing, MN
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
6-7:30 p.m.

Newborn Care

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI

Breastfeeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
6-9 p.m.


Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
7-9 p.m.

Beginning to Breastfeed

Prenatal & Parenting

La Crosse, WI
6-8:30 p.m.

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Infant livestream viewing option available

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Baby blessings counted in 2019 in Northwest Wisconsin

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From The Blog

What pregnant and breastfeeding women should know about the COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women are at an increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19. An OB-GYN answers questions about the vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

January 25, 2021

Returning to work after maternity leave: Tips, tricks to keep organized, decrease anxiety

Going back to work after maternity leave can be difficult. It's vital for you and your baby to feel supported. Get tips to help you physically and emotionally prepare.

Amy Petersen CNM By Amy Petersen January 5, 2021

Embarrassed no more: Nerve stimulation helps overcome fecal incontinence

Fecal incontinence rarely is discussed among friends and family, but about 14% of adults experience symptoms. Patti Guerton shares her treatment story to encourage others to get help.

December 28, 2020

Protecting yourself against HPV

HPV is a viral infection that commonly causes warts. There are more than 100 varieties of HPV, and many of these infections go away without treatment. But some other types of HPV can cause genital warts or cervical cancer. Learn how to protect yourself.

Jonathan Buchholz MD By Jonathan Buchholz November 23, 2020

Ovarian cancer: Get the facts

Ovarian cancer takes the lives of thousands of women each year. Knowing symptoms and risk factors can increase your chances of early diagnosis and recovery.

August 31, 2020

Choose the birth control that’s best for you

Choosing the right birth control can be tricky. Many factors go into selecting the option that’s right for you. Learn about your options.

July 29, 2020

Caring for newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bringing home a newborn may feel overwhelming at any time, but how do you do manage it during a pandemic? Here's a Q&A to help parents navigate the ever-changing safety concerns.

Laura Ambler, D.O. By Laura Ambler May 1, 2020

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Q&A

This time can feel especially frightening for some pregnant women. Here's a Q&A to help expecting families feel informed and prepared for pregnancy and delivery during this unprecedented time.

Laura Ambler, D.O. By Laura Ambler April 29, 2020

5 steps you can take to help avoid birth defects

You have lots of things to think about and do if you are starting or expanding your family. One of the most important is to take care of your body before and during pregnancy. Here are five steps to take to increase your chance of having a healthy baby.

Dennis Costakos MD By Dennis Costakos February 17, 2020

Special delivery: Teleneonatology helps deliver baby 10 weeks early

Lizzie Stoltz was only 30 weeks pregnant when her water broke. Things happened so quickly, there was no time to get to a hospital with labor and delivery or a neonatal ICU. Find out how a telemedicine call with Mayo Clinic eased delivery of her baby girl.

February 6, 2020

Should women take supplements while pregnant?

Searching for reliable information about taking supplements during pregnancy can be confusing. Read this Q&A for advice on those you should and shouldn't take.

Kristina Rauenhorst MD By Kristina Rauenhorst January 15, 2020

What is urge incontinence, and how is it treated?

Urge incontinence — the loss of bladder control — is a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. Treatment options range from conservative to more invasive.

Susan Johnston, P.A.-C. By Susan Johnston August 23, 2019