Ashley's Journey

Mar. 21, 2023 4:27 pm

It's good to have a plan. Might not work out exactly as envisioned, but that's life.

Ashley mentioned "the plan" right away.   

"I have a 12-year-old daughter," Ashley began. "When my husband and I got married, we knew were going to try to have a child together. That was the plan. And since I got pregnant the first time, I just assumed that it was going to be easy the second time."

But it ...

Whatever Makes Your Heart Happy: A Mother's Story

Mar. 8, 2023 11:28 am

The conversation began playfully, as the response to how things were going now with three children was decidedly mathematical.

"My husband and I are officially outnumbered," said Melodie.

But then, a quick caveat.

"I will try not to get emotional about my doctor and the relief she brought to a . . . well, just a very stressful experience."

Melodie took a deep breath, paused, and told her ...

Jessy's Journey

Feb. 27, 2023 7:00 pm

Jessy reached out to us via Facebook recently about her OB/GYN, Dr. Amanda Reed:

Dr. Reed was fantastic. I was lucky enough to have her deliver all 3 of my babes with c-sections, with the first emergent and being put under general, the 2nd early with a NICU stay, and the 3rd with a rough spinal stick insertion. She brought the calm, each and every time!

Well, call us nosy, but we wanted to ...

Meet Allison Brubaker MD, Women's Care of WI

Feb. 2, 2023 8:15 am

A Women's Care of Wisconsin fertility specialist, Dr. Allison Brubaker can immediately identify a catalyst and inspiration for her interest in the field.

"My mom was told at one point she wouldn't be able to have children," said Brubaker. "I'm one of five she gave birth to."

After being put in such a position-basically being told there was little to no hope other than to visit an adoption ...

Pelvic Organ Prolapse-What is it?

Jan. 26, 2023 2:48 pm

Pelvic organ prolapse is a disorder in which the pelvic floor muscles stretch, weaken, or become torn causing one or more of the pelvic organs to drop from their normal position. This can occur due to factors such as pregnancy, vaginal childbirth, advancing age, excess weight or chronic constipation and straining a stool. Approximately 5% of women develop prolapse; women in their sixties have ...

Meet Gretchen Augustine DO, Women's Care of WI

Jan. 12, 2023 5:28 pm

"Pretty much every visit I have with a patient starts the same way," said Gretchen Augustine. "I ask them to tell me in their own words, in their own time, why they are here."

Perhaps that's why the Women's Care of Wisconsin OB/GYN develops such a strong connection with them.

"Those first minutes in a first appointment are crucial," said Augustine. "My patients know their bodies better than ...

Understanding Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Jan. 3, 2023 12:53 pm

If a hysterectomy is needed, we recommend a type of surgery called laparoscopy. This method has many benefits compared to open surgery.

A hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus (womb); this includes removal of the cervix and fallopian tubes. You may need this done because of severe pain, bleeding, pelvic infection, or other problems. Having a hysterectomy means that you will not be able ...

Incontinence: More Common Than You Think

Dec. 27, 2022 1:31 pm

Did you know that 50% of women have incontinence at some point in their life? Here's what you can do to take control.

Incontinence is the loss of urine in an uncontrollable fashion. There are many reasons as to why people have it. Some of them are very easy to treat successfully and are easily cured, and some of them are very challenging to cure. But we can usually get significant improvement ...

The Benefits of In-Office Procedures

Dec. 21, 2022 7:01 pm

There has been an interesting transition over the years from a surgery done originally in an inpatient setting, where the patient would stay in the hospital for several days, to an outpatient surgery setting.  We have essentially accomplished this with procedures up to the hysterectomy, which once was a 4-day hospital stay and included 8 weeks of recovery. Oftentimes, it can now be a ...

The Importance of Full Term Pregnancies

Dec. 13, 2022 4:58 pm

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and vulnerable times of a woman's life. Most of us have thought about pregnancy and how our pregnancy would go long before we were actually pregnant. Most of the time, everything goes just right. However, almost one in eight women deliver preterm (defined as less than 37 weeks).                                                      

If a woman believes she ...

Endometrial Ablation in the Office Setting

Dec. 7, 2022 4:56 pm

Abnormal uterine bleeding, in the form of heavy menstrual flow or irregular cycles, is one of the most common complaints that bring women in to see a gynecologist. A procedure called an endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive treatment option that uses technology to destroy the lining of the uterus to reduce menstrual flow. It can be performed right in your doctor's office without the ...

All About 3D Ultrasound

Nov. 23, 2022 1:35 pm

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 Jackie Saunders, ultrasound supervisor at Women's Care of Wisconsin, we're here to answer some of the most common questions patients have surrounding 3D ultrasounds and ...

What You Need to Know About Subfertility

Nov. 17, 2022 12:38 pm

Deciding you are ready to add to your family-whether it is your first baby or maybe baby number two-is a big step for any couple. Then, your well-meaning friends and family tell you to "just relax and it will happen." Unfortunately, now it has been a year of trying and it still hasn't happened. It may feel like everyone else around you is getting their positive pregnancy tests, which can be a ...

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Nov. 8, 2022 8:10 am

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and vulnerable times of a woman's life. Most of us have thought about pregnancy and how our pregnancy would go long before we were actually pregnant. Most of the time, everything goes just right. However, almost one in ten women deliver preterm (defined as less than 37 weeks). These babies miss out on the important growth and development that happens in ...

A Visionary Program 100 Years in the Making

Nov. 2, 2022 2:58 pm


On October 18, 2022, ThedaCare announced the creation of an Obstetrical Emergency Department (OB-ED) and Hospitalist Program. Through the program, set to begin in 2023, women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant would bypass the emergency department and go directly to an obstetrical triage area located in the Family Birth Center at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah. This program will ...

Midwives: A Special Kind of Care

Oct. 26, 2022 1:08 pm

Midwives are best known for their care of women during pregnancy and childbirth, to make that journey as pure and natural as possible. Midwifery care is often described as having a "high touch, low tech" approach to medical care. Midwives are experts in supporting women in normal, healthy childbirth and focus heavily on building relationships with women and their families by listening and ...

The Path to Pregnancy is Not Always Easy

Oct. 18, 2022 1:02 pm

Dealing with fertility problems is hard. About one in six couples are troubled with fertility issues, and it affects both men and women equally.

Simply put, a lot goes into the conception process. There's the egg, sperm, fallopian tubes, fertilization, the women's embryo, hormones, and not to mention each of those pieces needing to be in a healthy state. All but one of those parts could ...

Therese Yarroch MD on Endometriosis

Oct. 13, 2022 2:08 pm

Are you doubling over in pain during your period? Do you have cramps you just can't seem to shake throughout the month? For 1 in 10 women, these killer cramps are a symptom of endometriosis. Although endometriosis affects 190 million women worldwide, many go undiagnosed. Here's what you need to know about this painful disease and how to find out if endometriosis could be affecting you.

What ...

Meet Effie Siomos MD, Women's Care of WI

Oct. 4, 2022 11:57 am

Effie Siomos is a strong advocate for women taking steps to care for themselves.

"We need to do nice things for ourselves once in a while," Siomos said. "Make time to meet a friend for lunch. Take a walk, ride a bike, sign up for a mud run. See your doctor."
Wait, what?
"I know people don't think of going to the doctor as something nice you can do for yourself, but just do it," said the ...

The Circle of Care: In Their Own Words

Sep. 29, 2022 3:33 pm

At Women's Care of Wisconsin, we empower women by involving them in all of their health care decisions. We strive to know our patients well, helping them achieve their personal goals and live their best lives. The doctors and midwives of Women's Care offer a well-rounded approach to OB/GYN care, one that meets both the physical and emotional needs of patients throughout every phase of life.

Meet David Anderson MD, Women's Care of WI

Sep. 22, 2022 12:00 pm

"I just love obstetrics, and not only for delivering babies," said Dr. David Anderson. "I love that you can follow your patients through their journey and get to know them and their families."
Joining Women's Care of Wisconsin in 2021, Anderson brings his considerable skills and congenial personality to the renowned team of board-certified gynecologists, obstetricians, midwives, and nurse ...

When Should My Daughter Have Her First Gynecologist Visit?

July 19, 2022 3:17 pm

For many young women, the thought of seeing a gynecologist for the first time can feel scary or even embarrassing, but this should be a time when your daughter feels comfortable and is able to ask questions about her developing body. We talked with Dr. Valary Gass of Women's Care of Wisconsin to provide you with the information you need to help your daughter feel more positive and less ...

Protecting Yourself from STIs

July 15, 2022 10:57 am

Dr. Gass talks about STIs

With the spread of STIs on the rise, we want to make sure every woman in our Circle of Care has the information she needs to live a safe and healthy life. That's why we're breaking down the most effective ways to prevent contracting an STI and what symptoms require a prompt visit to your OB/GYN.

What are STIs?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections or viruses spread from person ...

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