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Your pregnancy journey

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Choose a Provider

At Gundersen Health System, we want you to feel comfortable with the clinician who will provide your prenatal care and delivery. So we offer you a choice:


An obstetrician/gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of women including during pregnancy. Our obstetricians are trained for low- and high-risk pregnancies and deliveries including cesarean deliveries (C-section). Your Ob/Gyn may be someone you already see for your annual gynecological and preventive care visits or someone new you select for care during your pregnancy.

Certified nurse midwives

A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education in the care of women during normal pregnancy and childbirth. A midwife's scope of practice also includes family planning, preconception counseling and lactation support. In service for more than 40 years, Gundersen's midwifery program is the longest, continuously running midwifery program in Wisconsin. More than half of all vaginal births are attended by certified nurse midwives at Gundersen in La Crosse and an even higher percentage in our regional locations.

Family medicine providers

A family medicine doctor is a medical doctor (MD or DO) who specializes in the care of the whole family, including pregnant women. He or she may already be your primary care provider (although not all primary care providers deliver babies) or someone new. If you select a family medicine doctor for your pregnancy and delivery, he or she can also become the doctor for your baby and any or all other members of your family.

Shared obstetrics care means two healthcare providers partner to provide the best care to you during your pregnancy and delivery. You typically see your local family medicine provider for the first 32-34 weeks of pregnancy. Then your care is transferred to a different doctor for the remainder of your pregnancy, labor and birth. This is a convenient option if you already have an established relationship with your primary care provider and want to continue to see him or her beyond pregnancy. It is also a good option if you don't have obstetrics close to your home.

what to expect

We've taken steps at all our locations to keep you and our staff healthy and safe. Here's what to expect when you visit us.

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