Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine:

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.

Folic Acid: What Role Does It Play In Female Fertility and Childbirth? By HCRM on August 08, 2014

A mother and her child share an adorable moment togetherAt Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, one of the keys to success is knowing what's good for your health and the health of your child to be. We make sure that patients who visit our facilities in Omaha get ample information about popular and effective fertility treatments such as (IVF) as well as matters affecting their overall wellness. You see, diet and lifestyle decisions can have a major impact on success of a fertility treatment or the health of your baby. One crucial vitamin for having a healthy child is folic acid, which we'd like to explore in some detail.

What is folic acid?

Also known as folate and vitamin B9, folic acid is a water-soluable B-vitamin that is crucial for DNA formation, cellular division, the production of red blood cells, and metabolism. For years, folic acid has been added to flour and wheat products such as pasta, breads, and cereals as a dietary supplement.

Folic Acid Can Prevent Birth Defects

Given how crucial folate/folic acid are to cells, it should come as little surprise that it plays an important part in the development of a child. You see, while folic acid may not improve fertility rates per se, its main role is preventing certain birth defects from occurring.

Research has found that folic acid reduces the chances of you baby suffering a neural tube defect, which is a birth defect that occurs early in a pregnancy as the fetus is developing. These birth defects include:

  • Spina bifida
  • Anencephaly
  • Encephalocele

If you're a woman, getting the recommended amount of folic acid in your diet helps reduce the chances of developing these kinds of birth defects by 70%.

Folic Acid Can Also Benefit Male Fertility

We should also mention that folate and folic acid are also helpful for male fertility, similarly preventing potential birth defects. When men ingest a healthy level of folic acid/folate, the chances of sperm abnormalities decrease by up to 30%. If both a man and a woman are eating healthy, their child to be stands to benefit.

How much folic acid should people be taking?

The recommended daily dose of folate/folic acid for your day is 400 mcg. Sometimes couples who expect to become pregnant are advised to ingest up to 1,000 mcg of folic acid each day. This is something you should discuss with our team prior to initiating any sort of vitamin supplement program.

Foods That Are Rich In Folate/Folic Acid

While dietary supplements are a good way to get the extra folate you're missing, there are plenty of delicious and nutritious foods that are rich in vitamin B9. Consider eating the following for the extra folate:

  • Leafy greens (e.g., spinach, kale)
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Okra
  • Beans
  • Livers
  • Kidneys
  • Mushrooms
  • Bananas
  • Lemons
  • Melons
  • Avocados

A healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is always a key for good overall health as well as reproductive success.

Meet with Our Fertility Specialists In Person

As you can see, folic acid is crucial for having a healthy child, but it's not the only vitamin or mineral out there that can be beneficial. This is why it's so important to stop by our practice. We'll be more than happy to go over all supplements, foods, and healthy behaviors that can improve your ability to conceive and bring a child to term. To initiate this meaningful discussion, we encourage you to contact our team of fertility specialists today.

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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 (877) 831-3227 to schedule a consultation.

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