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Obstetrics & Gynecology

May 15, 2019

Thankful for the Gift of Motherhood After a Long and Trying Journey

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At times, Jess Pederson thought she might never become a mother. She struggled through infertility treatments and faced the risk of preterm labor. But now, as Jess watches her healthy baby boy thrive, she’s grateful for the compassionate care she received along the way.

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Tags: Dr. Suzette Peltier, Infertility Care, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Preterm labor


May 10, 2019

Mother’s Day Has Special Meaning After Stroke and Heart Surgery

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After weathering a stroke and heart valve replacement, the prospect for Ashley Zimmerman to fulfill her dream of becoming a mom seemed dim. But with guidance and care from Mayo Clinic specialists, now Ashley is looking forward to celebrating her first Mother’s Day with her baby boy.

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Tags: Congenital Heart Disease, Dr. Sabrina Phillips, Heart valve surgery, Maternal cardiology


April 17, 2019

Straightforward Approach Fixes Fibroids

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When Karen Pauly began looking for treatment to address her painful uterine fibroids, she needed a care team that could take all her medical concerns into consideration. Karen took her quest to Mayo Clinic, where she received minimally invasive therapy that has dramatically improved her life.

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Tags: Dr. Andrew Stockland, Dr. Daniel Breitkopf, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Uterine artery embolization, Women's Heart Clinic


March 22, 2019

Surviving Cervical Cancer, Sharing Her Story

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When Lena Spotleson sought treatment for unexplained stomach pain, the 26-year-old was shocked to learn she had late-stage cervical cancer. But the aggressive treatment Lena received at Mayo Clinic eliminated the cancer. Now, in an effort to help others, she’s sharing her perspective on being a cancer survivor.

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Tags: Cervical cancer, Dr. Harshita Paripati, Dr. Javier Magrina, Dr. Sujay Vora, Gynecologic Oncology, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


June 15, 2018

Fostering a Peaceful Pregnancy

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A Mayo Clinic prenatal program takes a new approach to improving care for women with low-risk pregnancies.

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Tags: Center for Innovation, Dr. Abimbola Famuyide, Dr. Myra Wick, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, OB Nest, Obstetrics and Gynecology


April 2, 2018

Teamwork and Telemedicine Save a Newborn’s Life

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When Mary Beth Delong experienced a medical emergency just before her son was born, specialists at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus worked together to secure a happy ending for all involved.

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Tags: Dr. Jennifer Fang, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Placental abruption


March 2, 2018

Helping New Moms Emerge From Postpartum Depression

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After her second child was born, Alethea Clark experienced a severe form of postpartum depression. With care from Mayo Clinic Health System, she eventually overcame the disorder. Now Alethea hopes her story will encourage others to seek help, too. 

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Tags: Emily Sisco, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Postpartum depression


February 20, 2018

Fetal Surgery Sets the Stage for a Healthy Birth

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Diagnosed with a life-threatening condition at 20 weeks gestation, Xavier Sorying underwent an innovative operation while in utero that helped him overcome his birth defect.

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Tags: Dr. Denise Klinkner, Dr. Rodrigo Ruano, Fetal Care Center, Fetal Diagnostic and Intervention Center, Fetal surgery, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, NICU, otorhinolaryngology, Pediatric surgery


March 4, 2016

Hope for ‘Happy, Healthy Life’ Thanks to Answers for ‘Never Seen Before’ Problems

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Written by Bethany Henthorn Our daughter, Mallory, was born with several congenital defects known cloacal exstrophy (OEIS – omphalocele, bladder exstrophy, imperforate anus and spinal defects) found in 1 and 400,000 live births. After Mallory’s 20-week gestational ultrasound, we were referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar […]

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Tags: Cloacal Exstrophy, Labor and Delivery, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, NICU, Obstetrics and Gynecology, OEIS, Patient Stories, Prenatal Monitoring


November 5, 2015

Gut Feeling, Being in Right Place May Have Saved Lynn Witherspoon

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

When Lynn Witherspoon was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to move quickly. And she wanted to move to a place she felt would give her the care she needed. So she and her husband moved from their home in North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, to be near Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. “We live in […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Matthew Robertson III, Dr. Sanjay Bagaria, Dr. Saranya Chumsri, Florida Campus, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, lumpectomy, Ovarian Cancer


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