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Women’s Health

NATURE VS INDUCTION

By Meghan Raeder, RN, BSN, CLC – OB Supervisor and Certified Lactation Counselor at the Birthing Center at Southwest Health Life is full of so many unknowns. The most challenging of them comes with finding out you’re pregnant. “Will my baby be a boy or girl?” “Will they have my dimples?” But, the most common [read more]

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ZIKA

by Kim Christopher Mackey, MD, OBGYN – Director of Women’s Health at The Women’s Center at Southwest Health   All the recent talk about the Zika virus and what could happen to your baby if you contract it while pregnant has pregnant women reeling. OB/GYN Specialist, Dr. Kim Christopher Mackey is here to clear up any misconceptions and put [read more]

Who’ll Conduct the Rape Exam?

Special To The Washington Post – May 19, 2016 By Terri Slapak-Fugate, Director of Emergency/Urgent Care and the SANE Program Manager at Southwest Health As an emergency-room nurse in southwest Wisconsin, I sometimes encountered patients who had been sexually assaulted — and I was expected to help conduct an exam to collect and preserve DNA evidence, [read more]

Getting Us Moving

Most everyone wants to live healthy. Yet, most of us are having trouble getting there. Most of us are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, opting instead for sugar laced concoctions and processed foods. Most are not getting enough activity in our days. The CDC reports fewer than one in five adults gets the recommended [read more]

GESTATIONAL DIABETES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

by Kim Christopher Mackey, MD, OBGYN – Director of Women’s Health at The Women’s Center at Southwest Health Pregnancy makes all women diabetic, just a Little. Why? A specific hormone, human placental lactogen (HPL), keeps sugar circulating at higher levels during pregnancy because babies use this sugar for energy. In some pregnancies the placenta makes too much HPL, [read more]

The benefits of 3D Mammograms, and the Importance of Getting Yours

By JoAnn Geissbuhler, Director of Radiology at Southwest Health At Southwest Health, we make you our number one priority. And it’s that kind of care and encouragement that saves lives. Take for example Denise Morrissey, of Shullsburg, who never thought she needed a mammogram until the day her primary care provider urged her to take that step and [read more]

Southwest Health Adds 3D Digital Mammography Technology

[Platteville, WI] —- Breast cancer screening in southwest Wisconsin took a giant leap forward recently with the addition of revolutionary 3D digital mammography technology at Southwest Health. The new 3D breast imaging system –the first of its kind in southwest Wisconsin—produces three-dimensional views of breast tissue and helps doctors more accurately identify and classify breast [read more]

Weighing in on BMI

Some providers are electing to refer women with high risk pregnancies to big medical centers away from home. It’s true that women with a higher BMI, higher blood pressure, and other complications have more risk in pregnancy. At the Women’s Center at Southwest Health we offer a different approach. Our highest priority is always you. [read more]

30 MINUTES to Help Save A LIFE

Pink ribbons. Pink t-shirts. Pink bags. Pink hats. We are all familiar with the pink takeover that sweeps the nation every October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month ramps up. But with all this awareness why are women over 50 still not getting yearly mammograms? It’s often a combination of fear—“Mammograms are too painful”—and denial—“It can’t [read more]