One of the best ways to take care of your unborn baby is to take good care of yourself. Here are some resources that may help.
Gundersen Social Services has a specialized team that is trained to meet the unique challenges of adolescent pregnancy.
Care is available for families who experience pregnancy loss, stillbirth or newborn death. Ask your healthcare provider.
Gundersen financial counselors can assist you by:
- Providing bill estimates
- Answering questions regarding your clinic or hospital bill. Note: Lab work and ultrasound are billed separately as they are performed. They are not delayed until final clinic or hospital bills are mailed.
- Filing for insurance benefits or medical assistance. If you are not sure whether you qualify for state funds, Revenue Cycle and Social Services staff can assist you. Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa have other programs you can apply to for aid to pay some or all of your bills.
If you have questions, call (608) 775-8660 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.
Car seat checks
We recommend having a car seat safety technician check the placement of your baby’s car seat before you deliver. Contact our trauma injury prevention coordinator at (608) 775-2011 to find a car seat check location near you.
Domestic abuse support
Domestic abuse during pregnancy leads to higher rates of miscarriage and other problems. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, talk to your healthcare provider. You may also call a Gundersen domestic abuse counselor at (608) 775-5950. This staff member can help you make a plan to protect yourself or will simply listen to your concerns if that is your wish. If you are in danger, call 9-1-1.
Domestic abuse is the most common cause of injury to women whether or not they are pregnant. More frequent abuse during pregnancy leads to higher rates of miscarriage and other problems. If you think you are a victim of domestic abuse, talk to your provider. You can also call omen who are victims of domestic abuse. Talk to your care provider or a domestic abuse counselor at (608) 775-6803. This staff member can help you make a plan to protect yourself or will simply listen to your concerns if that is your wish.
Learn more about our domestic abuse support program.
A doula is an experienced professional who provides continuous support to mothers before, during and just after birth. Find a doula in your area.
Our genetic counselors can help you determine the risk you have of passing on an inheritable disease to your baby. They can also assist if you are pregnant and test results point to a genetic condition in your unborn baby.
Great Rivers 2-1-1
This confidential crisis line, service and community resource information is available 24/7. To reach Great Rivers 2-1-1 dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255, or TTY (866) 884-3620.
Having troubles getting pregnant? Talking with a Gundersen fertility specialist may be the right first step for you.
Being pregnant is one more good reason to quit smoking. If you quit, you are more likely to have a healthy baby. Gundersen has a many resources to help you.
John & Nettie Mooney Libraries
Stop by our John & Nettie Mooney Libraries to view or check out videos or DVDs on fetal growth and development, shaken baby syndrome, pregnancy massage, getting ready to give birth, cesarean delivery, breastfeeding, car seat safety, baby care, helping siblings prepare to meet the new baby, fatherhood and parenting skills. Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Level 1 of the Hospital in La Crosse and Level 4 of the Gundersen Onalaska Clinic. Learn more about our Libraries.
Moms: Get Moving, Exercise for Pregnancy and Beyond
This 30-minute exercise video, designed by a Gundersen clinical exercise physiologist, provides gentle exercises that will help you feel strong and energized during and after your pregnancy.
Prenatal Care Coordination
This service is available for patients on Wisconsin Medical Assistance. Ask your healthcare provider for more details.
Safe Place for Newborns
Gundersen offers confidential, protective shelter, medical care and treatment to newborns whose parents are unable to care for them and might otherwise abandon them. Learn more.
Teratogen Information Service
A teratogen is a drug, chemical, infection, X-ray or other agent which may harm a growing embryo. Alcohol, street drugs and smoking are harmful agents. About 5 percent of birth defects are linked with known teratogens.
The Teratogen Information Service can assess your level of risk for damaged genes if you have been exposed to these agents. A genetic counselor consults with a medical geneticist in each case.
To speak with a counselor, call (608) 775-2599. Describe what you were exposed to, how you were exposed and for how long. The counselor will ask about your family history, where you have worked and about your pregnancy to date. He or she may suggest that you be seen if you are at increased risk. You will also receive a letter that recaps what was discussed.
Telephone Nurse Advisor
Have a health question or concern? Our Telephone Nurse Advisors, staffed by Gundersen registered nurses, are available 24 hours a day. They can answer your questions and direct you to the right kind of care. It's free and confidential. Call today at (608) 775-4454 or (800) 858-1050.
Winding Rivers Library System
This system includes public libraries in Buffalo, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties. They offer print, video and audio resources on parenting, childcare, health, home repair, cooking and crafts. Many also provide computers with internet access. To find the library closest to you, go to lacrosselibrary.org or call (608) 789-7151.