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Health Topics

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

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.

January

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 an American Heart Association noncertification class. 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 Online Services 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
Barron, WI In-person

Register for this four-hour class (monthly dates available) for first-time parents or those who need a refresher. Class includes a facility tour, and information on labor, delivery, cesarean birth, pain management and newborn care. Bring two pillows and a blanket to class.

Please register early, as 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.

Note: 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.

Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN

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
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
Eau Claire, WI Virtual

This self-paced virtual class (offered monthly) 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 within a week with login instructions. 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
Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague, MN Virtual

This interactive online education includes essential information about pregnancy, labor, comfort techniques, medical procedures and cesarean birth. It also highlights ways partners can help throughout the process. You’ll also get a sense of what labor is really like as you watch several birth stories. Allow 4-6 hours to complete the course. You’ll have access to the class for 240 days and the Parent’s Toolbox for 18 months.

Access the e-class from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Purchase your seat to the e-class. You will not receive an automatic email upon registration. Within a week of registering, you will receive an email with login instructions. Allow four to six hours to complete the program.

Offered online to patients from Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague.

Prenatal & Parenting
Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing, MN Virtual

This interactive instruction covers essential labor and delivery information through videos and quizzes. This class is ideal for families with time constraints, moms on bed rest or those who need a refresher. Get organized with tools, planning checklists and trackers.

Offered online to patients from Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing.

Preview the course.

You will not receive an automatic confirmation email upon registration. You will receive a confirmation email with class details within a week of registering.

Prenatal & Parenting
Albert Lea, MN Virtual

This interactive online class covers essential labor and delivery information through videos and quizzes. Get organized with tools, planning checklists and trackers. This class is great for mom and her support person. Once you purchase the online class, you will receive an email with login instructions. Allow four to six hours to complete the class. You will have access to the class for 240 days.

Preview the course.

You will not receive an automatic confirmation email upon registration. You will receive a confirmation email with class details within a week of registering.

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.

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.


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
La Crosse, WI Virtual

This self-guided course covers how breastfeeding works, getting the best start, latching on, breastfeeding positions, when to feed your baby, getting enough milk, breast care and breastfeeding lifestyle. Access information from any computer or mobile device when and where you prefer. Share information with your partner and support people. Learn with videos and quizzes. Get organized with tools, planning checklists and trackers.

Once you purchase your seat to the e-class, you will receive an email with login instructions. Allow four to six hours to complete the program. You will have access to the e-class for six months.

Take a virtual tour of the Family Birthplace.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients in the Southwest 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
La Crosse, WI Virtual

This self-guided course covers newborn traits and behaviors, crying and comforting, feeding, diapering, bathing, nail care, dressing, newborn health and safety, and additional resources. Access information from any computer or mobile device when and where you prefer. Share information with your partner and support people. Learn with videos and quizzes. Get organized with tools, planning checklists and trackers.

Once you purchase your seat to the e-class, you will receive an email with login instructions. Allow four to six hours to complete the program. You will have access to the e-class for six months.

Take a virtual tour of the Family Birthplace.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients in the Southwest 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
La Crosse, WI Virtual

Take a virtual tour of the Family Birthplace without leaving the comfort of your home. It's a great way to see the space so you're ready for the big day.

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