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Why Are More Women Choosing To Use Nitrous Oxide?
Aug. 17, 2017 11:39 am



At Women's Care, we believe in providing our patients with options so we can develop a health plan that meets both their physical and emotional needs. That means having the most advanced techniques, which is why we're happy to offer patient-controlled nitrous oxide to assist with pain relief and anxiety during gynecological procedures.

"We have a lot of women who are now choosing to use nitrous just because of the ease and the availability," Tanya Henry, RN, explains. "Before when we didn't have it, just the simple procedure of an IUD placement or a biopsy for a patient who couldn't tolerate it meant we would have to use sedation of some sort."

When nitrous oxide is used for gynecologic procedures, the gas is inhaled through a mask for about 30 seconds before the procedure begins.

Unlike a sedative, the effects of nitrous oxide start to fade quickly as the gas is cleared from the body through the lungs.

"Nitrous oxide completely relaxes the patient enough without the complications that could arise in having to go to sleep," Tanya says. "It's much better than using a sedation option where the patient would be down and out for the rest of the day."

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Myth #3: If I Choose To Have A Midwife, My Birth Has To Be All Natural
Aug. 3, 2017 7:51 pm


Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today’s modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women’s Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we’ve teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!
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Breastfeeding In Public: What You Need To Know
July 28, 2017 10:41 am


Our very own Dr. Vandenberg shares a few of her favorite breastfeeding facts and lessons.

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What Is Nitrous Oxide and How Does It Work?
July 19, 2017 12:34 pm

Nitrous oxide, often called "laughing gas", has been a common practice to help cope with pain for many years. While it’s mainly used in dental offices, Women’s Care of Wisconsin is happy to offer you the option of patient-controlled nitrous oxide to assist with pain relief and anxiety during gynecological procedures.



Women’s Care’s Registered Nurse, Tanya Henry, explains that the nitrous oxide “helps relax you and helps you manage your pain”
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Myth #2: Midwives Can Only Deliver Babies At Home
June 30, 2017 3:55 pm

Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today’s modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women’s Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we’ve teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!

Becky Kahler and Kay Weina have nearly 30 years of combined experience as certified nurse midwives and are passionate about the work they do.

Over the next few months, Becky
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Myth #1: Midwives Are Just Untrained Labor Coaches
June 21, 2017 2:11 pm



Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today’s modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women’s Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we’ve teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!
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3D Ultrasound: What’s It All About?
May 18, 2017 9:14 am


Whether you’re expecting your first child, adding a little brother or sister to the family, or just curious about advancements in medical technology, a lot of people have questions about 3D ultrasounds.

With the help of Women’s Cares’ ultrasound supervisor, Jackie, we’re here to answer some of the most common questions patients have surrounding 3D ultrasounds and learn a little bit more about why this technology is so beneficial for patients and doctors alike.

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What You Need To Know About Endometriosis
Mar. 21, 2017 2:21 pm



Are you doubling over in pain during your period? Do you have cramps you just
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The ART of Physical Therapy
Aug. 1, 2016 4:29 pm

For everything is connected, and just like dominoes, things can stand together and they can tumble down together.



Many times, my patients have questions about what I’m feeling or treating when I work with them. Most people know that physical therapists work with problems within the body, but in my line of practice, people are often befuddled about how and why they were sent to me in the first place. I am going to tell you a little bit about how we (physical therapists) view the patient, how we see and feel their problem and how we justify the treatments that we do.

The first thing physical therapists do is realize that we are treating a whole person, not just a hip, or a bladder, or a sciatic nerve, for example. We understand that the things going on inside your body — what is happening in all your organs and tissues — has influences on neighboring, regional and distant areas of your body (so please, do not be too put off if I’m intrigued by your big toe when you were referred to me for your low back pain). For everything is connected, and just like dominoes, things can stand together and they can tumble down together.

There is an ART to what physical therapists do, both literally and figuratively. Please let me explain: ART stands for Asymmetry, Range of motion and Tissue texture change.

Asymmetry means that your right and left sides don’t match. So, when I’m evaluating a woman with any number of problems, I will check to see if her shoulders rest at the same height, if her arms are the same distance away from the body when she is standing up, if the hips are level, and/or if the feet are both pointing
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Meet Preston and Kristy!
May 10, 2016 9:49 am
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Meet Kali!
Mar. 31, 2016 11:12 am


Hear why she is thankful for the midwifery services at Women's Care!


I became a first time mom to my beautiful daughter Brylee about 8 months ago and I was blown away with the care my husband and I received at Women’s Care of WI. We unfortunately lost a pregnancy at 8 weeks – this was a few months before we found out we were pregnant with Brylee – and Becky was there throughout that experience to support us. It was a very difficult time, but it was made easier by the caring and helpful staff at Women's Care. This is why we decided to continue care here as we continued our journey to get pregnant.

I am a practicing chiropractor in Neenah and I really wanted to have a provider that supported my requests for more natural decisions throughout my pregnancy and during the birth. My husband was uncomfortable with a home birth, so a great compromise was to deliver in a hospital with the guidance of a midwife.

Becky Kahler was an amazing guide and resource throughout my pregnancy and did an awesome job explaining the reasons why we should or shouldn't do certain things. She supported my natural mindset but also made sure that I knew what the supporting research showed.

I had complete confidence in Becky's ability to help me deliver my daughter and because of that I felt ready to become a first time
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Cervical Cancer Screening
Jan. 15, 2016 2:00 pm


New Pap Smear Screening Guidelines...


In the fall of 2012, 47 experts representing 23 professional societies, national and international health organizations, and federal agencies met to review and update the cervical cancer (Pap smear) screening guidelines. They reviewed data that included the following information:


- Invasive cervical cancer deaths have been reduced by 70% in the U.S. over the past 50 years.

- New Pap smear screening technology (liquid based testing) has become available. These new technologies provide greater sensitivity to detect precancer and cancer.

- Current evidence shows that HPV (Human Papillomavirus) causes cervical cancer. Research demonstrates that most young women will clear cervical HPV without intervention.

- Cervical cancer is a slow growing cancer, often taking many years to develop.


The American Cancer Society, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology worked collaboratively to examine the data while the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force performed an independent evaluation of the data. It is reassuring to see that these endeavors resulted in essentially identical recommendations. The purpose of the new recommendations is to maximize the benefits of screening tests while minimizing potential harm (psychosocial impact, additional clinical visits and procedures, and treatment of cell changes that would naturally
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Girls on the Run
Oct. 16, 2015 10:41 am

 
Women’s Care of Wisconsin is proud to sponsor Girls on the Run 2015!
 
Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
 
The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
 
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, they teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
 
Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.



"Who We Are." Girls on the Run. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2015. <http://www.girlsontherun.org/>.
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Help us WIN Best of the Valley!
Sep. 2, 2015 12:58 pm


Please help us win Best OB/GYN Facility this year! That’s right; it’s time to start voting for Best of the Valley once again. 


Voting this year starts today, Thursday, September 3rd, and goes through Sunday, September 13th. Mark your calendars & remember, you can vote once per day per email address. Spread the word, share this video & help us WIN Best OB/GYN Facility this year

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GYNO 101
June 1, 2015 12:14 pm


Dr. Maria Vandenberg, MD
Obstetrician & Gynecologist  

Hello, and welcome to your gyno exam!

We are happy you are here and hope to make this as comfortable and educational for you as possible. We know that our visits are not something most people look forward too, but we want you to feel at ease in our clinics & with your provider.


First things first: what to expect.

If this is your first visit, and you are under age 21 & are not experiencing significant concerns, we can skip the pelvic exam. This can be a chance for you to establish a relationship, so you have a provider you trust
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Meet Jenny Goss
Feb. 12, 2015 4:17 pm

Learn more about the newest addition to our Circle of Care...


By: Jenny Goss, CNM, APNP
Certified Nurse Midwife


My name is Jenny Goss. I am the newest Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) here at Women’s Care of Wisconsin. I am so excited to join the midwifery team and the whole family of providers here at Women’s Care! I have quickly learned that this family cares deeply about its members and all aspects of their lives, and cannot wait to grow my practice here.

I have worked in the OB world for 16 years now and have always loved working with pregnant women and new moms. As I have come of age (closer to 50 then I want to admit J), I have also become fascinated with the aging process and the menopause stage of life.  As a midwife, my scope of practice allows me to work with women from adolescents to post-menopausal.  This is such a wonderful range and keeps me challenged with learning new things every day. 

While I hail from a little further north, I have already come
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Importance of Cervical Cancer Screenings
Jan. 9, 2015 10:46 am

Pap Smear Screening Guidelines...

By Kirsten Wengeler, APNP

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. This month is a chance to raise awareness and inform women about how they can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and it's also a major cause of cervical cancer.

The purpose of the new recommendations is to maximize the benefits of screening tests while minimizing potential harm.

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Importance of Full Term Pregnancies
Nov. 3, 2014 9:05 am

Healthy babies begin with healthy mothers....


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September is Pain Awareness Month
Sep. 3, 2014 12:50 pm


Life can be full of “Why me’s?”


By: Michelle Landsverk
Phsyical Therapist


Why do I ache? Why can’t I sleep? Why am I depressed? Why don’t I have any money? Why doesn’t anybody understand me?  Why won’t my health care provider listen to me? Why do I hurt so much?

Unfortunately, this is a question I hear nearly every day. The answer to this question is chronic pain, and it tends to tamper with your quality of life.

At the present time, there is no known cure for chronic pain. No test to diagnose it. No pill to cure it. No procedure to fix it. No surgery to remove it.

This blog is merely a commentary on chronic pain and for a better understanding of your particular situation; you may need to have several conversations with several healthcare providers.

The negative consequences of chronic pain are certainly astounding, to say the least. HOWEVER—patient advocacy groups and patients themselves have demanded better care. Better care starts with a better understanding of the problem. And a better
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