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Obstetrics & Gynecology

December 2, 2019

Wide, Wonderful Smiles After Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Treatment

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For Rebecca and J Winkowski, learning that their daughter, Everly, would be born with a cleft lip and palate was an unexpected and unnerving discovery. But after meeting a compassionate team of Mayo Clinic physicians committed to Everly’s care, those feelings of anxiety and apprehension quickly vanished.

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Tags: Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic, Dental Specialties, Dr. Chad Rasmussen, Dr. John Volz, Dr. Mari Charisse Trinidad, Dr. Shelagh Cofer, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology


October 21, 2019

Lillian’s Gift: Finding New Purpose Driven by Grief

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Mark and Anna Stanfield’s daughter, Lillian, arrived at 35 weeks gestation, but she was stillborn. While the family still mourns the loss of their baby girl, they have worked to further research focused on stillbirth, as well as provide comfort to others dealing with pregnancy loss.

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Tags: Dr. Norman Davies, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Neonatal ICU, Pregnancy loss


October 11, 2019

A Long Road Through Infertility to Parenthood

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Lacey Berning dreamed of having a little girl. What she never imagined, however, was that the journey to that child would be wrought with delays and heartache. But Lacey never gave up hope, and with support from a team of Mayo Clinic infertility specialists, she and her husband finally realized their dream of becoming parents.

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Tags: Cassandra Liss, Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, Dr. Zaraq Khan, In vitro fertilization, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility


July 22, 2019

Expert Fetal Care Makes a Lifesaving Difference for Ulisse

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When an ultrasound revealed devastating news about the baby they were expecting, Sara and Ugo Colombo turned to Mayo Clinic. The family’s Mayo care team helped Ulisse Colombo beat long odds and go on to be the happy, active little boy he is today.

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Tags: blood transfusion, Cesarean section, Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Dr. Christopher Colby, Dr. Douglas Derleth, Dr. Rodrigo Ruano, fetal anemia, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Saint Marys Campus, ultrasound


June 7, 2019

Off to New Adventures After Bidding Incontinence Goodbye

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For years, Catherine Hebert always carried a pair of underwear in her purse. She often needed them. Affected by stress incontinence, she leaked with even slight exertion. Now, after undergoing an outpatient procedure to treat the incontinence with urinary mesh, Catherine stays dry, and her extra undergarments stay at home.

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Tags: Dr. Emanuel Trabuco, incontinence, Pelvic organ prolapse, Transvaginal mesh


June 3, 2019

Special Delivery for the Nardinger Family

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When Holly Nardinger went into labor weeks before her due date, Holly’s health care providers in Red Wing, Minnesota, teamed up with a Mayo Clinic neonatologist 50 miles away to ensure baby Clara’s safe arrival.

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Tags: Dr. Sarah Helm, Dr. William Carey, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Teleneonatology Program, The BirthPlace


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


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