Women's Health

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Gynecology Care

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Abnormal pap smears
  • Infertility diagnosis and treatment
  • Pelvic pain
  • Vaginitis
  • Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Contraception
  • Endometriosis
  • Hysterectomy
  • Incontinence -- fecal and urinary
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic organ prolapse – fallen bladder, rectum or uterus
  • Miscarriage
  • Preventive care - Breast examinations, pap smears, sexually transmitted disease screening

Obstetrics Care

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  • Low-risk pregnancy care
  • High-risk pregnancy care
    • Abruption (placenta separating prematurely
    • Amniotic fluid problems (too much or too little)
    • Diabetes
    • Excessive nausea and vomiting (hyperemesis)
    • High blood pressure
    • Multiple gestation (twins)
    • Placenta previa (placenta covering cervix)
    • Poor fetal growth
    • Pre-eclampsia
    • Recurrent pregnancy loss


Care after childbirth

Abortion services are not offered.

3-D Mammography

Great River Women’s Health patients get their mammograms at Great River Medical Center, which is next to our Eastman Plaza clinic. The hospital offers 3-D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, to provide the best breast-imaging technology available.

Tomosynthesis creates a 3-D image of the breast by using several low-dose digital X-rays taken at different angles. A computer converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing radiologists to review breast tissue one layer at a time.

In a clinical study, use of the Selenia Dimension system – the equipment Great River Medical Center uses – resulted in a:

  • 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers
  • 40 percent reduction in false positive results
  • 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers
  • 15 percent decrease in women recalled for additional imaging

3-D/4-D Ultrasound

We offer 3-D/4-D ultrasound to check fetal growth and diagnose other conditions. 4-D refers to the images you see on a monitor during the procedure, and 3-D refers to still pictures that are taken.

Ultrasound is like ordinary sound except it has a frequency (or pitch) higher than people can hear. Ultrasound is sent into the body from a scanning instrument called a transducer that is placed on the abdomen or in the vagina. The sound is reflected off internal structures and analyzed by a computer to make a picture on a monitor. Ultrasound should be used only where medical benefit is expected.

Our ultrasound services are accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council.

Prenatal Classes

Great River Medical Center offers each prenatal class several times a year.

  • Baby-care Basics helps new parents learn the essentials of caring for a newborn. It includes parenting tips and car-seat safety information.
  • Big Brother and Big Sister helps children ages 2 through 10 develop realistic expectations about their new baby brother or baby sister. It also helps reduce the anxiety about being separated from their mothers.
  • Childbirth Prep is for women in their sixth or seventh months of pregnancy and their husbands or birth coaches. It includes information about labor and delivery, birthing videos, breathing and relaxation techniques, pain-relief options, and a tour of Great River Women and Family Center.
  • CPR for Infants and Children – Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other lifesaving techniques is one of the best gifts you can give your child. The goal of this class is to ensure adequate instruction and practice so class members can calmly and effectively react when a baby or young child requires emergency care for breathing or choking problems. Certification is not offered.
  • Prenatal Breastfeeding – For expectant mothers who want to learn more about breastfeeding their babies. Fathers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Great River Women and Family Center

Women who deliver their babies at Great River Medical Center have the comfort and convenience of remaining in one room for the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum experiences. (Cesarean-section births are performed in a surgical suite in the Women and Family Center.)

Each spacious private room has:

  • Bathroom with jet tub and shower
  • Guest bed
  • Television
  • View of the health system’s campus or lake

The Women and Family Center encourages skin-to-skin contact between mothers and babies for the first hour of life. It helps newborns adapt to their post-birth environment by stabilizing temperature, heart rate and oxygen level. Early “kangaroo care” also can make breastfeeding easier and improve babies’ sleep.

A lactation consultant meets with all mothers to discuss newborns’ nutrition needs. Donor breast milk is available for newborns with special needs and those who need supplemental milk while their mothers are breastfeeding.

A walk-in Breastfeeding Clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays provides help and reassurance to new mothers.

Visiting hours

Visiting is unrestricted for fathers. Other relatives and friends over 14 may visit from noon to 2 p.m., and 4 to 9 p.m. Mother’s rest time is 2 to 4 p.m. Visiting is restricted during flu season.