Women's Health Specialty Services

Mammograms, Breastfeeding Support, Family Birthing Center, Physical Therapy


Mammography is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast that allows early detection of breast cancer. In a screening mammogram, images are taken of each breast from two angles. A diagnostic mammogram may take longer as it requires more images and different angles to rule out any abnormalities.

Our equipment

The Siemens Novation system delivers: 

  • the lowest possible dose of radiation available — this means less exposure to radiation per screening
  • the largest detection surface on the market — the larger detection surface means that those with larger breasts will need only one image taken of the breast instead of two or more
  • decreased examination time — less time being examined means less discomfort
  • greater enhancement for more accurate diagnosis — more acuracy means less do-overs

Preparing for this procedure 

  • Do not use deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms, or near your breasts on the day of your mammogram. 
  • Wear a two-piece outfit so you will have to remove only your top. 
  • Notify the technologist if you are nursing, or if there is a chance you could be pregnant. 
  • Bring with you the name, address and phone number of any facility where you have had a prior mammogram, and bring previous films. (The radiologist needs your previous films for comparison in order to make an accurate assessment). 
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to verify your registration.

What to expect during this procedure

  • You will be positioned in front of a special x-ray machine.
  • One at a time, each of your breasts are compressed momentarily between an adjustable platform and a clear plate. Some brief pressure is necessary to flatten the breast in order to get the clearest picture. It is important to remember that the more compression you can tolerate, the clearer the image.
  • The entire exam typically takes about 10-15 minutes.

What to expect after this procedure

  • A radiologist will review your mammography pictures. The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor.
  • Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care, and talk with you about the results.

Contact us

To schedule a mammography screening, please contact your primary care physician. If you have additional questions about your appointment, or our services, please call our Radiology Department at 906.483.1410 or 800.573.5001 (toll-free).

Breastfeeding Support

We believe that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your newborn. Breastfeeding offers more benefits to baby and mom then any other form of feeding, however at times it may require extra effort to get started. 

Trusted Resource

Your Guide to Breastfeeding - Published and updated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health

Family Birthing Center

Address and Phone:

500 Campus Drive, Hancock, MI



Our Family Birthing Center is designed to meet the childbirth needs of mom, baby and family. It features private delivery rooms, a C-section room and a newborn nursery.

Visiting hours:

Daily visiting hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Children younger than age 12 are not permitted to visit, except for the newborn's siblings. 

If a sibling is ill or running a fever, they will not be permited to visit.

Only two support people may be in attendance during labor, with no additional visitors for one hour after delivery. 

Physical Therapy for Women

The power for healing is often found within, and that’s what the UP Health System - Portage Rehab team will work with you to find as part of our Women’s Health Physical Therapy Program.

Physical therapy might be at the top of your mind after a broken leg or sore shoulder, but it’s also a powerful tool in women’s health, especially for those dealing with urinary incontinence, cervical or rectal prolapse, pelvic pain, lower-back pain or sexual dysfunction.

Our Services


A specially trained UP Health System - Portage physical therapist will help patients strengthen the pelvic floor through a variety of exercises that go beyond the basic kegel exercises. These exercises are done at rehab appointments and also include specially instructed between-appointment at-home activities.

Natural Approach

For some women the idea of surgery or medications isn’t the most comforting thought. That’s why Portage Health is proud to offer this non-surgical, non-medication-based approach. Our women’s health physical therapy program combines advanced medical technology and exercise regimens to work with you privately and non-invasively to control your condition.

Evidenced-Based Care

The solutions UP Health System - Portage Rehab has for you are scientifically proven to have lasting and meaningful results. Research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases amongst many other groups has proven the value of physical therapy, and our specially trained staff is here for you, bringing this higher level of care to the Copper Country. 
Learn more about the topic from the American Physical Therapy Association (link to the APTA section on Women's Health) (link broken)
Information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 

Focused Treatment For

Urinary Incontinence 

Do you sometimes have a urine leak when you cough, laugh, exercise or sneeze? If so, you may have stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Stress urinary incontinence may occur when the structures that help hold urine in your bladder become weak. Scientific evidence has proven physical therapy is often the best remedy for SUI.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Do you have a feeling of pressure or fullness in your pelvis? Are you having problems with passing urine or bowel movements? It could be prolapse of a pelvic organ. Prolapse is when one or more of the organs inside the pelvis (found between the waist and thighs) slip from their normal positions. Modern physical therapy methodology may be the natural cure you’re looking for.

Lower-Back Pain

Suffering from regular lower-back pain can be a sign of a bigger problem. Many of these issues are especially common for women after childbirth, of older age or who are overweight.

Pelvic Pain

Any discomfort of the pelvic region is a red flag for potentially bigger issues, and something that should be looked into.

Sexual Dysfunction

Discomfort during intimacy could indicate a larger health setback. Our women’s health physical therapy team can help you work through many forms of discomfort.

Contact Us

Please contact the UP Health System - Portage Women’s Health Rehab Team by calling 906.483.1888 or 906.483.1750.

Physical Therapist, Stephanie Bustos, addresses women's health issues: