Friday, October 16, 2015

Girls on the Run

Women’s Care of Wisconsin is proud to sponsor Girls on the Run 2015!
Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, they teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.

"Who We Are." Girls on the Run. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2015. <>.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Help us WIN Best of the Valley!

Please help us win Best OB/GYN Facility this year! That’s right; it’s time to start voting for Best of the Valley once again. 

Voting this year starts today, Thursday, September 3rd, and goes through Sunday, September 13th. Mark your calendars & remember, you can vote once per day per email address. Spread the word, share this video & help us WIN Best OB/GYN Facility this year


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The Staff at Women's Care of Wisconsin 

Monday, June 1, 2015

GYNO 101

Dr. Maria Vandenberg, MD
Obstetrician & Gynecologist  

Hello, and welcome to your gyno exam!

We are happy you are here and hope to make this as comfortable and educational for you as possible. We know that our visits are not something most people look forward too, but we want you to feel at ease in our clinics & with your provider.

First things first: what to expect.

If this is your first visit, and you are under age 21 & are not experiencing significant concerns, we can skip the pelvic exam. This can be a chance for you to establish a relationship, so you have a provider you trust when you do need an exam or are having an issue.

If you are 21 or older, and are due for a pap (we do them every 3 years starting at age 21), then pelvic & speculum exams are recommended. A speculum is a plastic or metal instrument that allows us to see your cervix and obtain a pap smear (which is the screening test used for cervical cancer).

“How should I prepare?”
  1. Aunt Flow is here! Should I still come in for my yearly exam? It depends, if you are not having issues and can easily reschedule, by all means come in at another time. However, we realize it can be hard to fit a yearly exam into your life & we would rather see you with your period than not see you at all. If you have concerns regarding your period or are experiencing heaving bleeding, it is often better to see you at that time.
  2.  Bring a list of questions or concerns. For example, “Is it normal for my periods to be extremely painful?” It is important to keep track of your most recent periods; we like to know if they are regular, how long they last, etc. If you are experiencing painful periods, this will help us figure out at solution to your situation, cramps should NOT control your life!
  3. Know you can tell us anything & that we can take better care of you if you are honest. One of the most important things we can offer is EDUCATION! We want you to know how to best take care of yourself and your health. We can help with issues related to sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, family planning, leaking urine, pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, weight concerns, pregnancy, general health and so much more.
  4. No need to groom, shave, wax, etc.We really don’t notice. In fact over-grooming can lead to problems: ingrown hairs, vaginal infections, and so on.
  5. Sex, please refrain for 24 hours, semen can alter some of our tests and lead to misdiagnosis.
Again, thank you for taking charge of your health and visiting us, we hope it wasn’t as bad as people make it sound, and that you learned a lot!


Your friendly OBGYN

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Meet Jenny Goss

Learn more about the newest addition to our Circle of Care...

By: Jenny Goss, CNM, APNP
Certified Nurse Midwife

My name is Jenny Goss. I am the newest Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) here at Women’s Care of Wisconsin. I am so excited to join the midwifery team and the whole family of providers here at Women’s Care! I have quickly learned that this family cares deeply about its members and all aspects of their lives, and cannot wait to grow my practice here.

I have worked in the OB world for 16 years now and have always loved working with pregnant women and new moms. As I have come of age (closer to 50 then I want to admit J), I have also become fascinated with the aging process and the menopause stage of life.  As a midwife, my scope of practice allows me to work with women from adolescents to post-menopausal.  This is such a wonderful range and keeps me challenged with learning new things every day. 

While I hail from a little further north, I have already come to love the Fox Valley and all of the opportunities (and shopping) it offers.  My wonderful husband Mike and I own and operate a small farmette just north of Lena, where we have lived for 12 years now. We raise our own beef, chickens and garden produce in as natural and humane a manner as we can. On top of all that, I’m currently learning about beekeeping and can’t wait to get my first 2 hives underway in April.  Now I just have to get all those hive parts assembled.

My husband and I have 3 grown children and 2 more still at home. My oldest daughter is just a couple months away from graduating with her RN and will make the 4th generation of nurses in our family—which makes me immensely proud! My Grandmother and Grandfather were nurses and my Mom and I graduated together as the first Mother-Daughter team from NWTC in Green Bay (many years ago).  It seems that nursing is in our blood; although, my youngest daughter assures me she is going to be a Vet as evidenced by the assortment of pets and animals we seem to accumulate (now she wants a pot-belly pig). 

We have a very busy household as we are also treatment Foster care parents. We specialize in medically needy children and recognize what a blessing these children are to our home. They usually stay long term and become one of our family members.  I have really honed my skills in ventilators, monitors and feeding tubes, these things have become second nature. My husband is often my backup help and provides unbelievable support. We have wonderful nurses that provide care during the day so that we can work. People try to give us credit for what we do but we realize that it is only thru God’s grace that we are able to provide the love and care these special kids need from us.

I look forward to building my practice with the women of the Fox Valley and surrounding areas.  I love midwifery and really believe that we can offer up the support and relationships that women sometimes crave.  My greatest joy is the ability to be present at the birth of a new family addition and watching a man and woman become a new mom and dad.

Hope to see you soon!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Importance of Cervical Cancer Screenings

Pap Smear Screening Guidelines...

By Kirsten Wengeler, APNP

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. This month is a chance to raise awareness and inform women about how they can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and it's also a major cause of cervical cancer.

The purpose of the new recommendations is to maximize the benefits of screening tests while minimizing potential harm.

Did you know?
  • New Pap smear screening technology (liquid based testing) has become available.  These new technologies provide greater sensitivity to detect precancer and cancer.
  • Current evidence shows that HPV (Human Papillomavirus) causes cervical cancer.  Research demonstrates that most young women will clear cervical HPV without intervention.
  • Cervical cancer is a slow growing cancer, often taking many years to develop.
The following are the most up-to-date cervical cancer guidelines:
  • Begin screening by Pap smear at age 21
  • Ages 21-29 - Pap smear every 3 years
  • Ages 30-65 – Pap smear every 3 years or preferably Pap smear with HPV test (co-testing) every 5   years
  • Stop testing at age 65 (except for special circumstances)
  • Stop testing in women who have had a hysterectomy (removal of uterus and cervix) (except for special circumstances)
Evidence shows that an annual Pap smear is not necessary to prevent death from cervical cancer.  The new screening guidelines save as many lives as annual screening, but with half the number of colposcopies and fewer false-positive tests. 

“We are screening less often, but we’re screening smarter.” Dr. Diane Solomon of the Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Group in the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Prevention.

Please note:  It is still recommended to have an annual preventative exam including a breast and pelvic exam even though cervical cancer screening can now be done less frequently. 

About Women’s Care of Wisconsin The providers at Women’s Care of Wisconsin are devoted to you and your health. That means having the most advanced techniques, up-to-date educational information and a compassionate, caring staff. Our providers offer a well-rounded approach to your OB/GYN care, one that meets both your physical and emotional needs throughout every phase of your life. We call it our Circle of Care. From adolescence through menopause and beyond, you can depend on us. Meet our providers and learn more about gynecology, pregnancy care, midwifery, infertility, procedures and surgery, incontinence, osteoporosis, menopause and more at or call 920.729.7105 for any questions or concerns.