Unique Issues, Specialized Care
In the not so distant past, medical research and care primarily focused on men. Findings and treatments developed for men were simply adapted to apply to women. But as medical knowledge increased and research grew more sophisticated, it became clear that women are not just smaller men, but in fact have a vastly different and highly distinctive physiology. Today, women's health has moved to the forefront of modern medicine, resulting in advanced research and more specialized care.
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin has been a leader in the movement to improve women's healthcare. Our exceptional expertise, state-of-the-science diagnostic capabilities and proven treatment methods have made us one of the country's foremost providers of healthcare for women. Additionally, many of our research studies and clinical trials focus exclusively on how women are affected by disease, how they respond to treatment and the unique issues that affect women at various life stages.
Our approach to women's healthcare is 100 percent patient focused. Multi-disciplinary teams examine all aspects of a health issue and provide access to a full range of services and skilled sub-specialists. This approach has led to the establishment of concentrated programs that coordinate all care needed for a particular health concern.
In this issue of Every Day, you will learn more about several of these specialized programs and meet the highly trained physicians and healthcare professionals who provide experience and care.
Reproductive Medicine Program
This multi-disciplinary clinic offers a full range of services for men and women with reproductive disorders. Physicians within the program are board certified in general obstetrics, gynecology, urology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Maternal Fetal Care Center
The Maternal Fetal Care Center offers a comprehensive assessment program for women with a history of pregnancy risks or current medical complications receive ongoing care and management throughout their pregnancies. Primary care is under the direction of a perinatologist, a specialist in maternal-fetal health, with active participation by other medical subspecialists.
The Maternal Fetal Care Center has successfully helped many women deliver healthy babies. Our Medical College of Wisconsin physicians offer state-of-the-art prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. All are board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and several have received special certification in the areas of high-risk pregnancy care, advanced ultrasound diagnostics and/or genetic counseling and testing. Additionally, the center is the first in the nation to open a Pregnancy Coagulation Clinic. The clinic provides consultation and management for women with pregnancy-related clotting disorders.
Fetal Concerns Program
A cooperative effort between Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the Fetal Concerns Program is the only one of its type in Wisconsin. The program provides a complete range of care for women whose pregnancies are complicated by concerns of birth defects and other fetal abnormalities.
Total Health for Midlife Women
Staffed by physicians, nurses and dietitians, this program offers one-on-one sessions with a nurse, complete health assessments and referrals to healthcare providers to the meet the needs of women in their middle years.
Urinary Incontinence Program
Medical College of Wisconsin physicians specializing in urology and gynecology offer advanced diagnostic procedures and personalized treatment options to manage a disorder more commonly seen in women. The program includes both surgical and non-surgical options.