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Our Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

HCRM is dedicated to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. HCRM has policies and guidelines in place aligned with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state health authorities to help prevent the spread of illness. We are also adhering to recent guidelines that have been published by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) regarding the treatment of current and new patients.

Please review the new procedures we have put into place at HCRM:

1. All patients will receive a phone call 24-48 hours prior to the appointment and complete a prescreening questionnaire with questions regarding their travel history in the past 14 days and the presence of respiratory symptoms (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) within the past 14 days.

2. All patients and visitors will complete the same prescreening questionnaire with a HCRM staff member prior to entering the clinic on the day of the appointment. Please allow for an extra 5 minutes prior to your appointment to complete the prescreening. It is possible that a patient may need to reschedule his/her appointment based on symptoms or travel history.

3. HCRM requests that patients come to the clinic unaccompanied, leaving their partners/support waiting for them at home or in their vehicles when feasible. We request that patients do not bring children to their appointment.

4. With the use of Telemedicine, we hope to continue to provide care to our new and current patients.

5. HCRM will reduce the frequency of clinic appointments during treatment cycle monitoring.

6. HCRM will frequently enforce infection control processes within the clinic, including good hand washing hygiene, frequent disinfecting of patient rooms and surfaces, and social distancing.

We at HCRM appreciate your ongoing support as we work together and do our part to "flatten the curve." Please contact our office at (402) 717-4200 for more information or any questions.

For current travel advisories and up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website.

About Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) By HCRM on April 22, 2013

Preimplantation Genetic DiagnosisWhen people consider having children, there is sometimes some degree of concern regarding certain genetic abnormalities that may be passed on to the child. This is a normal worry that a lot of prospective parents express to medical professionals as well as close friends, so if you have the same concerns, you should rest assured that you are not alone.

Since these matters are common among many, the team at our Omaha fertility center would like to look at some of the basics regarding preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD. We believe that this will help you put your mind at ease during the treatment process.

About Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis refers to the genetic screening of the embryos before they are placed in the uterus to be carried to term. The screening is able to catch potential genetic abnormalities, preventing them from manifesting in the child when he or she is born. Our Omaha reproductive health specialists will be able to discuss a number of other factors related to preimplantation genetic diagnosis during your consultation.

How Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is Performed

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is performed on embryos rather than individual eggs or sperm. The first step, then, is the fertilization of a harvested egg. When the egg is successfully fertilized and becomes an embryo, a single cell is then isolated from it and analyzed for any genetic abnormalities. If none are detected, then the embryo will be placed as planned to be carried to term.

Ideal Uses for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is a good option to consider as part of Omaha in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment or any sort of assisted reproduction option. For instance, a genetic screening of the embryo can be done even if there is a surrogate carrier involved. Similarly, a genetic screening can be performed on embryos that are the result of donor eggs or donor sperm. This gives many prospective parents peace of mind about the birth of their child.

Is PGD a good option for me to consider?

Genetic screenings of embryos are good to keep in mind for prospective parents who have a history of genetic health conditions/abnormalities in their family. In general, the main people who should consider PGD are people who are at high risk of passing on these condition to their children.

Some of the most common genetic disorders that preimplantation genetic diagnosis can detect include:

  • Down's Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Tay Sachs
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Huntington's disease
  • Achondroplasia
  • Hemophilia A

Other Options for Assisted Reproduction

In addition to IVF and PGD, there are many other options to keep in mind for successful reproductive assistance, including egg donation / egg donors, sperm donation / sperm donors, and surrogate carries. We will be able to go over all of these matters in greater detail during your visit to our center.

Learn More About Your Options for Fertility Treatment

For more information about preimplantation genetic diagnosis and your many other options for advanced reproductive health, be sure to contact our Omaha fertility and IVF clinic today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive all of the information that you need to make informed decisions about assisted reproduction options.

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Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Stephanie L.F. Gustin, Dr. Elizabeth Constance, and Dr. Elizabeth Weedin are skilled reproductive endocrinologists who offer state-of-the-art fertility treatments. An open and inclusive environment, the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine can address different causes of infertility and help LGBTQ couples build loving families.

Contact our practice online or call us at (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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