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Pediatric Support Services

​​​​​Marshfield Clinic has the region's most complete program for childhood health care. 

In addition to a comprehensive program of clinical services, we offer a number of support services to help children and their families heal emotionally and physically throughout their care experience.

Child Life Services

Marshfield Clinic/Marshfield Children's Hospital child life specialists are certified individuals uniquely trained in helping children, adolescents and their families work through the physical and emotional challenges associated with medical situations. 

Certified Child Life Specialists provide age-appropriate preparation to increase patient understanding in turn reducing stress and emotional trauma. Distraction and support is offered to increase patient's ability to cope through a painful or stressful event. 

Child Life Services provides patients with the opportunity to engage in normal play patterns as well as medical play sessions for mastery of the clinic/hospital experience. These services are funded in part by the Children's Miracle Network.

CinemaVision Goggles

Keeping kids comfortable is a priority, that's why Marshfield Clinic offers the CinemaVision goggles system. This 3-D virtual reality system gives patients the opportunity to watch and listen to their favorite cartoon, movie or musical selection during their MRI. 

The CinemaVision goggle system, along with proper preparation, has proven to be a great tool in reducing anxiety and helping children stay calm throughout their scan. Ask your Marshfield Clinic doctor if CinemaVision is an option for your child.

Child Advocacy Center

The Marshfield Child Advocacy Center (MCAC) is a service of Marshfield Clinic, community partners and private donors. The MCAC offers a comprehensive community response to the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases in a child-focused, friendly environment. 

The MCAC offers a nurturing environment and state-of-the-art technology to provide medical exams and assessment, referral to medical or mental health services, professional and community education, and space for social services and/or law enforcement to conduct interviews of victims of suspected child abuse or neglect.

The Child Advocacy Center is led by Dr. Kristen Iniguez​​​​, a board-certified pediatrician with clinical experience in child abuse and neglect. 

Dr. Iniguez provides consultation for children admitted to Marshfield Children's Hospital when there are concerns of child abuse or neglect. If you have concerns or suspect abuse or neglect of a child, please contact your local county Social/Human Services agency and/or law enforcement agency.

Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House of Marshfield, the first in Wisconsin, serves as a temporary "home away from home" for patients and families of children receiving medical care at Marshfield Children's Hospital or Marshfield Clinic. 

This warm, comfortable setting offers a place for families to rest, prepare a hot meal and perhaps most important, share their concerns and experiences with other parents who also have a seriously ill child. 

Patients are invited to stay free of charge, families are asked to contribute just $5 per night. For more information call 715-387-5899 or email to

Children's Miracle Network

The Children's Miracle Network program at Marshfield Children's Hospital helps children by funding programs, services and treatment for sick and injured children as well as support programs that seek to prevent injuries and promote healthy lifestyles. 

The programs of Children's Miracle Network help children regardless of the type of disease or injury - all area children are important and can benefit from its funding. For more information or to make a donation, call 715.387.9965.

Child Development Center

Marshfield Clinic's Child Development Center offers a comprehensive system of care for children with complex neurological problems as well as those with early childhood behavioral concerns.

The Child Development Center consists of pediatric specialty clinics to meet your child's needs. Our specialists have expertise in areas such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other neurological disorders. 

At Marshfield Clinic, children with special needs receive outstanding medical care and are given the support, guidance and resources they need to live richer, fuller lives. Contact your child's primary care physician for a referral to the Child Development Center.​

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What Do You Know About Child Development?

Test your knowledge of child development by taking this quiz.

1. When riding in a motor vehicle, how tall should a child be to sit in a regular seat and use an adult seat belt instead of a being strapped into a car safety seat or booster seat?
2. For which of these should you call your doctor instead of trying at-home treatment?
3. Two out of 3 teen girls don't get enough of which of these in their diet?
4. How much has the rate of obesity in children increased in the last 35 years?
5. Menstruation can begin at which of these ages in girls?
6. It's estimated that 3 to 7 percent of American school children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Which of these famous people is thought to have had the condition?