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.

September

Prenatal & Parenting
Eau Claire, WI Virtual

This midafternoon 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 5-6:30 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
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
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.

October

Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN In Person

This class held on Mondays, 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, 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
La Crosse, WI In Person

This two-hour class is recommended for families who are considering or have decided to breastfeed. Partners are encouraged to attend. It includes information about benefits of breastfeeding, initiation of breastfeeding, latch and positioning, expressing and storing breast milk, breastfeeding lifestyle, and troubleshooting and resources. View additional class availability on the calendar. A morning Beginning to Breastfeed class also is available.

For questions or to develop an individualized breastfeeding plan, contact a lactation consultant at 608-392-9789.

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
Menomonie, WI In Person

Register for this two-hour class (bimonthly dates available on Wednesdays) 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.

Please register early, as class sizes are limited. See additional Wednesday evening class availability on the calendar, or consider our Monday afternoon Breastfeeding Class.

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 715-233-7237 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
New Prague, MN In Person

This class meets every other month and 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.

 

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 952-257-8966 for cancellation or postponement information.

Prenatal & Parenting
Menomonie, WI In Person

Register for this in-person 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 715-233-7237 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
Red Wing, MN In Person

This 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.


COVID Safety Requirements
All attendees should not have any symptoms of: New onset cough, fever/chills, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or Loss of sense of taste or smell. Attendees should not come to class if they have tested positive, or had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

  • All attendees must wear a surgical mask upon arrival—these will be provided by the hospital.
  • Attendees must maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household/family member attendees.
  • Frequent breaks will be scheduled, eating is not permitted in the classes.
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.

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 952-257-8966 for cancellation or postponement information. 

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.

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