Fertility, Pregnancy & Childbirth

After nearly two years, we are thrilled to announce that the renovation of our Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been completed. We are the only Level IV NICU in the state located within the same hospital as a high-risk birth...

The Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Birth Center underwent significant renovations in the Fall of 2016. The renovations include the addition of a spa for some well-deserved pampering for moms-to-be. There is also a multipurpose room which, as Dr. Kate Dielentheis, Assistant Professor of...

Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, even though risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown....

If you are Rh-negative, you may develop antibodies to a baby that is Rh-positive. (link to Rh factor topic) This is called sensitization and your antibodies can cross the placenta and attach to your baby’s blood cells. They then break down the fetus’s red blood...

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a procedure done early in pregnancy in order to test for certain conditions.  A CVS can tell whether a baby has Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis or other genetic or chromosomal conditions. Chorionic villi are tiny finger-shaped cells found in the placenta....

One of the best ways to be reassured that your baby is feeling well is to keep track of its movements. What is fetal movement or kick counts? Fetal movement is when your baby moves. Healthy babies are active and move often every day. Your baby will...

Jan is a 27 year old female who has always had irregular menstrual periods, but most recently she has noted longer time between her menstrual cycles and occasionally heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding. Since her teenage years, she has had coarse hair growth on her upper...

Jan is a 37 year old female who has never been pregnant and has been trying to conceive for eight months. She presented to her general obstetrician gynecologist who, as part of her testing, ordered blood testing to look at ovarian reserve. Jan was advised...