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Welcome to the Minnesota Center
for Obstetrics & Gynecology
The Minnesota Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology (MNCOG) is comprised of four experienced Obstetrician/Gynecologists, a Family Physician, and a Womens’ Health Nurse Practitioner who specialize in the health of women of all ages and promote health education for these women and those for whom they care. Using the latest research, technological advances and holistic approaches, our talented and compassionate team is dedicated to providing exceptional care for women. The team treats patients at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) clinics in Crosby and Baxter and Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.
MNCOG in 2015 received the Women’s Choice Award ranking among America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics and CRMC was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for patient experience the past four years.
Riverwood Healthcare Center received the highest score on a new five-star rating system from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in 2015, one of 11 Minnesota hospitals and 251 hospitals nationwide.
The specialists diagnose and treat gynecological conditions and provide individualized, age-appropriate medical, surgical, and preventative care. The clinicians strive to get to know each woman and her concerns, so they can provide valuable information to help women make informed decisions about their health and wellness. These specialists also serve as consultants to other doctors.
Offering a full range of OB/GYN services:
- minimally invasive surgeries, including hysterectomies, hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation
- advanced laparoscopic surgeries
- complex pelvic floor therapies
- pelvic organ prolapse
- endometriosis/chronic pelvic pain treatment
- natural family planning
- treatment of bowel incontinence
- well women exams
- pelvic exams
- prenatal care, including high-risk pregnancies
- labor and childbirth
- infertility treatment
- management of dysfunctional uterine bleeding with birth control prescription
- management of abnormal pap smears
- menopause management/expertise
Michael T. Cady,
An American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Fellow of the American College of Gynecology, Dr. Cady joined the medical campus in Crosby in 2004. Dr. Cady completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota and his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University.
Prior to his residency, Dr. Cady was involved in the Rural Physician Associate Program and was honored as their Student of the Year in 1999. He also received the prestigious Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology award in 2001. Dr. Cady spent two years studying in Bolivia and Spain and is fluent in Spanish.Dr. Cady’s special interests include obstetrics, minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic hysterectomies, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, treatment of endometriosis, infertility, treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. He and his wife, Rachel who is also an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, have four sons and one daughter. Outside of his practice, Dr. Cady enjoys running, mountain biking, camping and spending time with his family
Rachel S. Cady,
A fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Cady is an active member in the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the American Urogynecologic Society. She joined the medical campus in Crosby in 2004.
She earned her Medical Degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2000 and is an honors graduate of the University of Georgia. Dr. Cady's residency was spent at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dr. Cady is experienced at minimally invasive surgery for pelvic floor disorders, endometriosis surgery, treatment of urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids resulting in patient outcomes of less pain and recovery time. Her areas of expertise include obstetrics, gynecology, vulvar disorders, pelvic pain and pelvic floor rehabilitation/ incontinence.
The specialist and her husband, Michael who is also an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, have four sons and one daughter. Outside of her practice, Dr. Cady enjoys her family and all their activities.
Minnesota native Christina Kramer, M.D., who is originally from Maple Plain, in 2014 completed her Residency in New York at the University of Buffalo Sisters of Charity Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, and her undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
The specialists’ areas of expertise include high-risk obstetrics, minimally invasive hysterectomy, treatment of pelvic floor disorders and urinary incontinence. She joined the medical campus in Crosby in 2014.
Dr. Kramer and her husband Ryan, who is originally from Hayward, Wisc., have three daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the outdoors running, hiking, bicycling, and camping.
Brainerd Lakes native Marie Nelson, M.D., returned to the area in August 2015 after completing her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Creighton University Medical Center and Affiliated Hospitals in Omaha, Neb. She earned her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School at both the Duluth and Minneapolis Campuses and her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
The specialist’s areas of interest include a full range of obstetric and gynecologic services including high-risk obstetrics, management of labor and delivery, evaluation and treatment of menstrual bleeding disorders and endometriosis, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery including laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomy, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, treatment of pelvic floor disorders, and evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence.
Dr. Nelson and her husband, Steve, also a native Minnesotan, have one daughter. Outside of her practice, Dr. Nelson’s hobbies include running, singing, reading, traveling and relaxing on the lakes of Minnesota with her family.
Our team of Obstetrician/Gynecologists and Surgeons provides a full range of obstetric and gynecological care including treatment for high risk pregnancy, gynecologic issues, urinary incontinence, bladder disorders, abnormal pap smears, infertility, bleeding abnormalities, menopause, and wellness exams. They are experienced at minimally invasive surgery for pelvic floor disorders, incontinence, pelvic pain, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids resulting in patient outcomes of less pain and recovery time. Areas of expertise include vulvar disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain management, and pelvic floor rehab/incontinence.
They are experienced at minimally invasive surgery for pelvic floor disorders, incontinence, pelvic pain, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids resulting in patient outcomes of less pain and recovery time. Areas of expertise include vulvar disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain management, and pelvic floor rehab/incontinence.
What sets this OB/GYN team apart as regional experts is their high degree of surgical skills combined with a compassionate approach to women’s health concerns. For example, they perform 99 percent of hysterectomies with a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. They also offer an innovative, high-tech procedure called InterStim to treat urinary urge incontinence or fecal incontinence. Similar to a pacemaker, an implanted device uses electrical pulses to stimulate the sacral nerves that control the bladder and muscles related to the urinary function.
There are many excellent, safe options to treat a wide range of pelvic health conditions—all available right here in Aitkin, Baxter and Crosby.
During your birthing experience, take comfort that you will be cared for by physicians and nurses who are highly trained and experienced specialists. They will provide your family with support, compassion, privacy and the comfort and care you deserve. Your baby’s birth should be the personal experience you desire with individualized services, comfortable surroundings and state-of-the-art technology, all in a family-centered environment.
Birthing suites are designed to support your entire birth experience and
allow you to share it with others
- Home-like and family-friendly setting
- Private, secure and comfortable labor and delivery rooms
- Large bathrooms with whirlpool tub and shower
- Comfortable family waiting area
- Nursery for babies who need monitoring and nursing care
- Water birth available
- Special meals for mom and dad
- Wireless internet
- Complimentary cozy bathrobe for mom, wrap for baby, baby bag (photos of items)
As part of its Birthing Center services, CRMC offers breastfeeding support and care to every woman who delivers a baby at its hospital at no extra charge. Several of the birthing center nurses are certified lactation counselors.
Nurses help show mothers how to:
- Position and latch the baby
- Breastfeed after a C-section
- Make sure they have plenty of milk
- Breastfeed more than one baby
- Prevent most breastfeeding concerns
- Find solutions if breastfeeding is uncomfortable or not working well at first
- Breastfeed a premature baby, or a baby with special needs
- Use a breast pump
- Breastfeed even when baby is sick or in the NICU
- Breastfeed after returning to work or school
- Help mothers feel confident about breastfeeding their baby for as long as they want
- Breastfeeding has an impact on both the short- and long-term health of health of mother and child.
- Not breastfeeding can increase the child’s risk of illnesses, infections, SIDs, obesity and diabetes.
- Not breastfeeding can increase the mother’s risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and postpartum depression
As part of its Birthing Center services, Riverwood offers breastfeeding support and care to every woman who delivers a baby at its hospital at no extra charge. Several Riverwood birthing center nurses are certified lactation counselors. They have completed specialized training that enables them to offer comprehensive information and instruction on breastfeeding. Ongoing support for breastfeeding is provided on a one-to-one basis following hospital discharge. To access breastfeeding support, call Riverwood's hospital at (218) 927-2121 and ask to speak with a birthing center nurse.
While the upcoming birth of your baby is an exciting time, it may leave you with a variety of questions. MCOG’s free, informative education classes provide an opportunity to for all questions to be answered. The more knowledgeable and confident mother’s feel while entering into this exciting time, the more positive the childbirth experience. Childbirth preparation is vitally important as you face your coming birth. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, MCOG serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during childbirth. Education and practices are based on the best and most current medical evidence available. The best way to learn about a safe and healthy birth is to take a class with experienced instructors.
- Free comprehensive and interactive classes
- Taught by MCOG Obstetrician/Gynecologists and Birthing Center Nurses
- Designed for mothers and fathers and/or their labor support person
- Opportunity to get to know other expectant parents as well as a chance to practice birthing skills
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Refreshment and/or lunch breaks
Breast Feeding Classes
- Taught by Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Registered Nurse
- Information on benefits of breastfeeding and feeding techniques
- What to expect when breastfeeding your baby and overall breast care
- Scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.; refreshments served
- Held at CRMC’s Ambulatory Services Conference Room in Crosby
- No charge, please register by sending a message to CRMCBirthClass@cuyunamed.org or call 218-546-4350
Thursday, July 23
Thursday, September 24
Thursday, November 12
Mommy & Me Yoga
Offered at the Hallett Center of Crosby on Tuesdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Call the Hallett Center at 218-546-4350 to register
Benefits of the classes include building relationships with other moms, bonding with your child, taking care of yourself and setting an example for your child by introducing the importance of fitness from the beginning. Mommy & Me Yoga is free for Hallett Center members and $5 per session for non-members.
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
320 East Main Street, Crosby
Baxter Medical Clinic
13205 Isle Drive, Baxter
Riverwood Healthcare Center
200 Bunker Hill Drive, Aitkin
Crosby and Baxter