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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Our OB-GYN staff provide surgical and nonsurgical care for women in all stages of life, from adolescence to pregnancy, to menopause and beyond.

February

Prenatal & Parenting
New Prague, MN In Person

This class meets every other month and will prepare moms at 24–32 weeks' gestation and their support person for breastfeeding. Topics include advantages of breastfeeding, when and how much a baby is fed, how to know if baby is getting enough, pumping, going back to work, common breastfeeding problems and the father's role.

Registration is required and class size is limited. Includes light refreshments.

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 952-257-8917 for cancellation or postponement information.

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.

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.

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.

March

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.

Plan to attend all three classes.

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
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.

Prenatal & Parenting
Red Wing, MN In Person

This three-session class is recommended during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Topics include progression of labor into birth, birth stories, options for pain relief, comfort measures, positioning and medication alternatives. Baby care topics include normal characteristics of the newborn, caring for baby, infant safety, family adjustments to the new baby, car seat safety, physical development and couplet care.

One support person who will be involved in the labor and delivery is invited to attend class. Support person does not need to register individually for class. A single registration covers mom and support person.

If there is inclement weather, you can call Mayo Clinic Health System's switchboard at 651-267-5000 to see if class is canceled. 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
Austin, MN In Person

This two-session class is recommended during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Topics include progression of labor into birth, birth stories, options for pain relief, comfort measures, positioning and medication alternatives. Baby care topics include normal characteristics of the newborn, caring for baby, infant safety, family adjustments to the new baby, car seat safety, physical development and couplet care.

One support person who will be involved in the labor and delivery is invited to attend class. Support person does not need to register individually for class. A single registration covers mom and support person.

Class may be cancelled for low enrollment and/or severe weather and staff 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
Eau Claire, WI Virtual

This monthly evening virtual group class via Zoom is designed for women who are considering breastfeeding or 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.

Prenatal & Parenting
Eau Claire, WI Virtual

This self-paced virtual class is designed for women in their seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. Learn about newborn behaviors, comforting your newborn, and basic health, care and safety information through videos and quizzes. Access information when, where and how you prefer. Share information with your partner and support people.

Register for the class using the "Register" link, and you will receive an email with login instructions within a week. Allow four to six hours to complete the program. You will have access to the e-class for nine months.

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.

Prenatal & Parenting
Eau Claire, WI Virtual

This self-paced virtual class is designed for women in their seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. It includes information on labor, delivery, cesarean birth and pain management delivered through videos and quizzes. Access information when, where and how you prefer.

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.

Register for the class using the "Register" link, and you'll receive an email within a week with login instructions. Allow four to six hours to complete the program. You will have access to the eClass for nine months.

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

Press Room

Construction on breast clinic in Mankato begins

The $4.7 million investment will create a singular space for breast cancer patients to receive same-day access to all the experts they need during their post-diagnosis visit.

April 17, 2023
La Crosse named a 'Best Hospital for Maternity Care'

To be eligible, hospitals had to carry an "A" or "B" letter grade on the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assessment and meet criteria in six areas specific to maternity care.

October 20, 2022

Hometown Health Blog

A closer look at ovarian cancer screening

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Uterovaginal prolapse: What's that?

Roughly half of women experience some degree of pelvic organ prolapse, yet rarely discuss the common issue as they age. Read about the causes, symptoms and treatments available.

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Protecting yourself against HPV

With over 100 varieties, HPV has a low or high risk based on the potential to cause cancer in infected tissues. Read about screening methods and the recommended age for getting the HPV vaccine.

Erica Berven MD By Erica Berven September 12, 2023

Why are my periods so irregular, heavy and painful?

Menstrual cycle irregularities are not unusual, although the causes of abnormal bleeding may vary by age. Learn about the three most common bleeding patterns women experience.

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Don’t let irregular vaginal bleeding affect your quality of life

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Tiffany Casper DO By Tiffany Casper August 4, 2023

Should you be concerned about postmenopausal bleeding?

The term "menopause" can be daunting on its own, but coupled with the words "abnormal bleeding" may cause extra concern. Consulting with your care team will determine the cause and next steps.

Katie Casper, M.D. By Katie Casper June 29, 2023

Supporting pregnancy, family-building for LGBTQ+ community

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Justin Boeke MD By Justin Boeke June 28, 2023

Using ovulation tools to predict fertility

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Alicia Ogle, N.P. By Alicia Ogle June 13, 2023

Beware of risks, signs of premature birth

No parent wants to think about the possibility of having a premature baby. It’s important to talk with your health care team and family about what you’ll do if a premature birth occurs.

Erica Berven MD By Erica Berven June 5, 2023

Pregnancy's effect on pelvic floor health

Pregnancy and childbirth can affect pelvic floor health and lead to prolapse, pain and urinary incontinence. Learn how physical and hormonal changes contribute, and get prevention tips.

Tarek Khalife MD By Tarek Khalife May 23, 2023

Maternal-fetal health in African American women

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Okechukwu Oseubi M.D. By Okechukwu Osuebi March 16, 2023

5 steps you can take to help avoid birth defects

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Dennis Costakos MD By Dennis Costakos January 23, 2023