Female Incontinence, Pelvic Surgery and Pregnancy Care in Saint Paul, MN :: Minnesota Women's Care OBGYN and Urogynecology OBGYN and Urogynecology; Maternity care, treatment for incontinence, 3D mammography, advanced surgical techniques, minimally invasive surgery, hysterectomy, natural hormone therapy, treatment for endometriosis, treatment for pelvic prolapse, medical aesthetics spa.

OB/GYN and Urogynecology
Pelvic Specialty Care Center

The most advanced, personalized healthcare available.
Conveniently located in Maplewood, Woodbury and Burnsville.

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NEW! We now offer 3D Mammograms!

At Minnesota Women's Care, we strive to provide the most up-to-date care available. We now offer 3D Mammograms in our office. This new technology provides a more detailed image and has proven to be helpful in the early diagnosis of abnormalities.

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Urinary Incontinence & Pelvic Floor Disorders

We approach urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders on an individual basis - determining what will work best for each woman and her specific needs. We stay current with developments so we can offer the most advanced and effective treatments.

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Pampered Pregnancy Care: Our Approach

Our maternity care is the most thorough, personalized care available. Each expectant mom is treated individually - for the most personal, memorable experience. Both midwife and physician attended births are offered. Meet our OB team and discover what makes us different.

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Complex Gynecologic Treatment & Surgery

For women suffering from complex gynecologic issues - such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and abnormal bleeding - we offer the most complete, respectful gynecologic care available. We always use the least invasive treatment that will be effective.

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Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The symptoms of hormone imbalance are familiar to many women over 40 ... moodiness, weight gain, lack of sex drive, trouble sleeping, low energy and more. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy helps women feel like themselves again.

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Vaginal Rejuvenation & Cosmetic Gynecology

We specialize in a full range of rejuvenation solutions. We have the right experience with labiaplasty, vaginal rejuvenation, ThermiVa, FemiLift, Geneveve by Viveve, the O-Shot and more. Find out exactly what's available and what can be done to correct women's intimate issues.

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The Spa: Feel Beautiful in Your Own Skin

Our Spa is designed as a resource – a place to go where you can tackle the issues that are holding you back from feeling great about yourself. We offer a complete menu of options including laser hair removal, laser skin treatments, HydraFacial MD, injections for wrinkles, and the most current body contouring treatments available.

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WomanWell & Annual Wellness Exams

From your very first OB/GYN appointment in early adulthood, we are the lifetime go-to resource for personalized, empowering health care. We always start by listening then give you options that best fit you and your life. Our unique approach to annual exams is the perfect time to focus on your overall health – both mind and body.

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3D Mammograms now available at Minnesota Women's Care!


3D mammography is a leap forward in women's health. Here's what the addition of our 3D Mammography suite means to you:

  1. 3D mammography is the gold standard. This detailed testing helps with the diagnosis of abnormalities.
  2. It's easier for you. Book your mammogram at the same time as your annual appointment. One and done.
  3. All mammograms at MNWCare are 3D mammograms. Unless you know to ask for this kind of mammo, you may not be scheduled for a 3D mammogram at a testing facility.
  4. 3D mammograms often reduce anxiety. The improved accuracy reduces the number of unnecessary callbacks.
  5. Our clinic is comforting and personal. Big screening centers are not. Your first mammogram won't be scary.
  6. Expert interpretation. A Board-Certified Radiologist (Breast Care Specialist) will interpret all of the mammograms performed in our suite. They meet our exacting standards in terms of education and experience in breast health imaging and interpretation.
  7. Your provider is directly in the loop with your mammogram testing results. Exam results are most often available to your provider within 48 hours.
  8. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives.

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Yes! We have gift cards!

This is the perfect gift for moms-to-be, brides-to-be, moms, sisters ... and every other woman you know.

Give the gift of a 4D ultrasound to an expectant mom. (Or perhaps she'd love some spa pampering?)

Surprise a friend with a HydraFacial.

Or let the women in your life choose the treatment that makes them feel terrific.

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Beginning August 1, 2019
Our OB Team is Growing!

We're delighted to announce the addition of three special midwives to the Minnesota Women's Care Team starting August 1, 2019.

These experienced and accomplished midwives have provided highly personable, quality care to expectant moms in the Hudson, Wisconsin area. We're so pleased to to be able to offer their wealth of experience to our patients as well. Click to make an appointment request.


Amazing New Technology
A New Hysterectomy Option for Women

Here's a little background: One thing that Dr. Ashford makes VERY clear is that he believes in using treatments that allow women to return to their busy lives as fast as possible. He uses minimally invasive surgical procedures when he can – meaning smaller incisions, less recovery time, and often, less pain.

A few yeas ago, due to some FDA concerns, surgeons were no longer able to provide laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomies for some women. In real terms what this meant was that some women had undergo a different type of surgery – one with a much longer recovery time. Then a product was developed that changed everything.

The Pneumoliner allows Dr. Ashford to return to using minimally invasive surgery to perform hysterectomies in cases where he couldn't do that. It's an exciting breakthrough – one that makes women's lives better.

We have more info to describe the process and how it works.
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click to go to the Pneumoliner and Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy page on this site.



MNWC In the News

IN THE PRESS
Dr. Melvin Ashford featured in Radiant Life Magazine

It's difficult to explain accurately just how Dr. Ashford views patient care and his focus on providing the best care possible to every patient. But, this magazine did a great job of it.

Dr. Ashford in Radiant Life Magazine (View/Download PDF)


"Top Doctor"
Congratulations to Dr. Ashford!

For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Ashford has been recognized as a "Top Doctor" in the July issue of Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. [READ MORE > >]



Dr. Ashford's Blog

Dec 1, 2017
INTRODUCTION There are 3 different types of hysterectomy procedures currently performed in the US. Based on your specific situation and needs, your surgeon will perform one of the following: Vaginal Hysterectomy: An incision is made in the vagina and th…
Jan 22, 2016
You just had a baby, but something feels “off “down there. You’re not quite sure what to expect because you’re new to the whole postpartum process, but you’re certain that a bulge in your vagina is not normal. When the vaginal pressure does not ease up…
Dec 29, 2015
Atrophic vaginitis is a common problem in postmenopausal women.  It is the result of low estrogen levels in the vagina.  Without appropriate levels of estrogen the “good bacteria” (lactobacillus) counts decline sometimes resulting in elevation of bad b…

What our patients say:

  • We had just recently moved back to Minnesota in May of 2018, because we were expecting our second little boy and our realator is actually the one who recommended MWC to me. Our first birth was a little traumatic for our family and he ended up in a c-section. So, when I got to MWC and initially met with Rachel Gates (CNM), there was a lot of reassurance, encouragement and support through that appointment. Being a type 1 diabetic, I wasn't sure that they would want to take on a high risk pregnancy, but instead they were more than supportive and ready for the road ahead.

    After our initial apt I began seeing Torri Washington (CNM) and she was fantastic through every apt. She is professional, nice and knows what she is talking about. Even when I brought my four year old to the appointments, she included him and made him feel like such an important part of becoming a big brother. She helped him measure my belly and find the heart beat with the doppler. He looked forward to going to see Torri and his baby brother. I also saw Dr. Randall for a couple visits and she is easy going and was so encouraging when I told her I was going to try for a VBAC. There was nothing, but positivity and support, even though I only saw her a couple times. During one of our last visits, I shared with Torri my fears of a repeat c-section and Torri not being there to deliver our baby. Well, Torri went above and beyond for our family. She came in and checked on us multiple times and was there to deliver our newest baby boy and even though there was a tense moment during delivery Torri got him out and gave me the L&D experience that I wanted and so much more. The whole staff at MWC is so nice, they get to know you and treat you and your family with such respect and kindness. I have nothing but great things to say about Torri, Donna and the rest of the staff at MWC. If you have any need, I would recommend MWC as your place to go. MWC is the only place I will be going to during future pregnancies.
    P.R. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford and staff are absolutely top-notch. He treated several conditions I had with excellent results and corrected some mistakes other physicians had made. I didn't have to to go Mayo although I had thought about it. I found exactly what I needed at MN Women's Care. No matter what your condition, don't hesitate. Make the call for an appointment. You won't be disappointed.

    Being an older woman like me doesn't mean we have to go through life ashamed, hopeless, or even ignorant about our own bodies. Dr. Ashford and staff treat women who have lots of different issues. They restore hope, dignity and make life full of possibilities again for things you may have thought were hopeless. I am so happy I go there for treatment.
    J.C. - Patient
  • Erin Epperly is my saving grace! I first saw Erin when I was barely able to move due to a sore back/pelvic in my first pregnancy. Not only was she able to relieve my pain but she has also been a great source for all of my first time momma questions and concerns. I absolutely love my appointments with Erin. I am always more comfortable and I always walk away with more information and pointers to continue care outside of her office. I feel very comfortable with Erin and feel that I can tell her anything that is on my mind, even if I'm crazy. Love her - would HIGHLY recommend her to everyone I know!
    D.K. - Patient
  • Dr. Kelly is one of the best ob/gyns I have ever worked with! Her knowledge is amazing and her personality is even better! Dr. Kelly gives great suggestions for dealing with any questions or concerns that I have, and she knows the latest medical treatments. I trusted her completely with my prenatal care and the delivery of my twins 7 years ago. Now I continue to see her yearly because she is so personable and takes great care of me.
    Anon - Patient
  • Dr. Kelly is our "all in the family" physician and my daughters and I have been her patients for many years. Both in my own care and during the deliveries of my grandchildren, she has been encouraging, supportive, and exceptionally skilled. I continue to have the highest level of confidence in her care.
    C.H. - Patient
  • I had an awesome experience with Rachel Snell. I was in for my annual visit. I had many concerns concerning previous abnormal paps, birth control options and thyroid symptoms. Rachel was prompt, open to discuss options and informed me about benefits and risks of those options. She made me feel comfortable and has excellent bedside manner.
    Anon - Patient
  • Dr. Gerten is an excellent physician! Dr. Gerten has a wonderful bedside manner, I felt as though she really cared about me as a patient. She kept me well informed, did a great job with educating me about my surgery, as well as doing a fantastic job with my surgery. I am very appreciative and grateful.
    N.N. - Patient
  • Ilana is the Best! I am in such good hands in Ilana's care. She listens, takes my concerns seriously, is willing to adapt to my needs, and works to find the very best treatment tailored to me. More than that, she is kind, patient, and fun.
    Anon - Patient
  • Where do I begin with expressing my love for this clinic and its staff? My care here started with Dr. Erin, the chiropractor for MN Women's Care. She has never made me feel like another patient. [...] After several visits with Erin, she directed me to see Ilana for some issues I was having. Ilana has been my rock throughout this pregnancy and I refer her to anyone I know who has hormone, fertility, any GYN concerns and for OB care. I don't think there are enough words to express my gratitude I have for Ilana, she's truly incredible.
    A.S. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford is a brilliant and kind physician. It's worth the wait to see him. After some years of pelvic pain, he put me on a path of therapy and treatment that has ultimately totally alleviated it completely. His expertise is invaluable and I hope more doctors can be influenced by his advanced and wholistic approach to women's care.
    C.K. - Patient
  • So much to say about this guy, but a huge thank you to him is needed! He is wonderful! After being in pain for over a year and assuming it was b/c of having children and getting older - he put me through some tests and found all of my issues. Now I am feeling great and loving life again! Besides Dr. Kelly - He is the BEST! I have recommended him to many of my girlfriends who are having issues and so excited for their appts with him. Thank you Dr. Ashford!
    R.K. - Patient
  • Dr Ashford is the best surgeon in the state of Minnesota dealing with Womens pelvic issues. He uses state of the art methods and gives you very individual care. He really listens to you. His staff from the moment you walk into his clinic treat you with the best service possible and always make you comfortable. I love going to this clinic!
    M.R. - Patient
  • Doctor Ashford and his staff gave me my life back and I would recommend them to anyone dealing with OBGYN needs. He worked with me for many months and really listened to and understood me, he also personally preformed surgery on me in April and found the right medication for my endometriosis. A million thank you's to EVERYONE at the clinic, from the people answering the phones, all the way to the nurses and Doctors Ashford, may God bless you all.
    M.A. - Patient
  • Very nice atmosphere, people are wonderful. All questions answered and they take their time with you.
    P.C. - Patient
  • I am so lucky to have found this clinic. I wanted a gynecologist that was knowledgeable in bioidentical hormone treatments, almost impossible to find in the twin cities. With Dr. Ashford, I discovered Sottopelle, and it changed my life. I sing the praises of this therapy to every woman I know! He left no question unanswered for me. Sottopelle brought me into the clinic, but now I come here for all of my healthcare needs. Thank you so very much.
    C.M. - Patient
  • The answers many of us look for are here. What a wonderful clinic. Great staff. Great experience. Would highly recommend.
    J.R. - Minnesota
  • I'm so thankful I made the switch to Dr. Ashford - a doctor who listens and takes action.
    S.S.J. - Minnesota
  • I love having SottoPelle done. It is awesome. Life changing. More energy, less depressed. I recommend this to everyone.
    E.L. - Minnesota
  • I love coming here. As soon as I walk in there is always a warm welcome and I am greeted by first name. The environment is very friendly and family oriented. The best treatment I have received in years.
    J.S. - Minnesota
  • Dr. Ashford is very polite, respectful, caring and knowledgeable.
    P.M. - Minnesota
  • I have received the best care I have ever had!
    Angelica - Minnesota
  • Midwives are amazing! Congrats to Torri - an awesome addition to the Women's Care family!
    A.B. - Minnesota
  • The only place I will ever go for my pregnancies! Love MNWC!
    D.C. - St. Paul



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