National Center for Women's Health
A Place of Hope and Healing
Robot ♦ Laser ♦ Adhesion Prevention Surgery
Since 1985, the Pope Paul VI Institute’s National Center for Women’s Health (NCWH) has provided services in obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive medicine and surgery for individuals needing regular or high-risk care, all in an environment consistent with Catholic moral principles.
The NCWH provides hope and healing to women and couples who are struggling and suffering with reproductive and gynecological medical issues, issues that are often ignored or undiagnosed in mainstream medicine. We specialize in:
- patient education
- effective treatment plans
These cooperate with a woman's natural reproductive cycle. This is accomplished through the breakthrough research developed by Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers, founder and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute, in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System™ and Natural Procreative (NaPro) Technology.
To date, we have served patients from all 50 states and countries around the world including Nigeria and Poland. We invite you to contact our office by phone at (402) 390-6600 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit our office at 6901 Mercy Rd. in Omaha, NE 68106.
Dr. Hilgers, MD is the director of the Pope Paul VI Institute is an obstetrician-gynecologist who specializes in reproductive medicine and surgery. Dr. Hilgers is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Laser Surgery (in gynecologic laser surgery). An expert in microsurgery and reconstructive pelvic surgery, he is a member of the prestigious Society of Reproductive Surgeons. In addition, he has been named, by Pope John Paul II, to membership in the Pontifical Academy for Life. He was also named "Physician of the Year" in 1997 by the Nebraska Family Council.
Dr. Keefe is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant. She was one of the first participants in the St. John Paul the Great Fellowship in Medical and Surgical NaProTechnology.
Dr. Pakiz is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a Creighton Model Medical Consultant. She is a graduate of the John Paul II Fellowship in Medical and Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY.
Teresa Kenney is a nurse practitioner specializing in women's Heath. She has been practicing at Pope Paul VI Institute for 14 years as a medical consultant. She publishes a newsletter online at popepaulvi.com called FertilityCare for Young Women, which is designed to educate young women about health issues and the gift of their fertility. She is a member of the American Academy of FertilityCare professionals and taught the Creighton Model FertilityCare System as a FertilityCare practitioner for 7 years. Teresa also frequently speaks to groups at Churches, high schools and other events promoting NaProTechnology and chastity to women of all ages. She works part time for Sancta Familia Medical Apostolate providing women's health and NaProTechnology services. She has been married for 14 years and have eight children.
Other Division Heads
Dr. Morrow is a clinical psychologist who provides a wide range of psychological services. She is an expert in assisting women and couples who have experienced the emotional effects of reproductive problems. She is an associate member of the American Academy of FertilityCare™ Professionals and the Nebraska Psychological Association.
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
in the OB-GYN specialty, is the chief sonographer in the Pope Paul VI Institute's ultrasound center. She has been working full time at the Institute for more than ten years. She has been working with 3-D and 4-D technology for more than five years. She is very experienced at visualizing the most subtle ovulation events, a key tool used in identifying one of the causes of infertility and repeated miscarriage.
Sarah Bowes is the Medical Laboratory Scientist in charge of The National Hormone Laboratory. A graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, she has over 7 years of laboratory experience and is Accredited by American Society for Clinical Pathology. She is also an active member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists (ASCLS).
Services of the National Center for Women's Health
Evaluation and Treatment Programs
In addition to providing general obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic surgery, the expertise of the National Center for Women's Health specializes in the provision of care for patients with the following conditions:
- Infertility evaluation and treatment — watch this video testimonial from Michael and Lucynda Choi
- Repeated miscarriages
- Surgical treatment of endometriosis
- Prematurity Prevention Program — watch this video testimonial from Terri Bora
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Recurrent ovarian cysts
- Postpartum depression
- Perimenopausal/menopausal care
- Polycystic ovarian disease
- Reversal of tubal ligation
Bone Density Screening Program
This program is housed in the National Center's Adult Bone Density Center. The ongoing commitment to women's health also encompasses the condition of her bones. It is recommended that a baseline test be performed at age 35.
Reproductive Ultrasound Center
This center of excellence uses state of the art diagnostic ultrasound equipment and techniques, including the latest innovation, 4-D ultrasound. It is staffed by registered diagnostic medical sonographers. This was the first program in the state of Nebraska to be accredited in obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound by the Commission of the American Institute for Ultrasound. Using high frequency sound waves, ultrasound testing provides the physicians with useful information regarding reproductive health and fetal development.
National Reproductive Hormone Laboratory
All of the reproductive hormones are assayed in the Institute's in-house specialty laboratory. This allows results to be reported promptly and with a high level of accuracy. The monitoring of hormone levels is an extremely important part of reproductive care. Dr. Hilgers has developed specific reference ranges for a woman's hormone cycle as well as progesterone levels for every week of pregnancy, which differentiates the National Reproductive Hormone Laboratory from others.
Clinical psychology with principles of NaProTECHNOLOGY. Staffed by clinical psychologist, Kelly Morrow, PhD.
Center for NaProEthics
Under the leadership of Sr. Renee Mirkes, OSF, PhD, the Center for NaProEthics offers consultation services for ethical issues in the areas of reproductive medicine, sexuality, marriage, and family. She is available for consultations by phone at (402) 390-0812 and by e-mail.
The Pope Paul VI Institute is pleased to announce that its medical practice organization, the Pope Paul VI Institute Physicians, P.C., now participates with the following health insurance plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
For years, the Institute's medical practice has been providing groundbreaking health care consistent with Catholic moral principles to patients needing regular or high-risk care in obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive medicine and surgery. New and established patients have expressed their excitement that the Institute's medical practice is now in-network with the above-listed insurance companies. Patients of the Institute have come from each of the 50 states and a number of foreign countries as near as Canada and as far away as Africa. We are pleased that the effective and proven women's health science, NaProTechnology, will be more widely available. We encourage you to let any friends and family know about our participation with these insurance plans, in particular those seeking general and high-risk OB-GYN care.
The Institute also features a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and education organization, the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction. The non-profit arm of the Institute is the leading education and research center in the United States in the area of natural regulation of human fertility and the development of morally and professionally acceptable reproductive health services. Dedicated to Pope Paul VI's challenge to "physicians and health care professionals" and to "men of science," it is a living memorial to the challenges placed before us by Pope Paul VI in his encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life).
To schedule an appointment, you can contact the Institute's medical office at (402) 390-6600.
If refund for patient services is necessary, the refund will be made within 90 days after notification.