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.

IVF for LGBTQ Patients By HCRM on November 13, 2021

Members of the LGBTQ communityAt Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, we believe that everyone who wants to start a family should have access to the tools to do so. Because of this, we are proud to offer LGBTQ family planning services at our fertility clinic serving Omaha, NE, and surrounding areas. 

As with any other patients, we personalize fertility treatment for LGBTQ patients based on their specific needs and desires. One of the most versatile fertility techniques, and therefore one of the most popular, is in vitro fertilization, or IVF. IVF for LGBTQ patients assists throughout the stages of conception so that families with two intended fathers or two intended mothers can build the family they desire.

Stages of IVF Treatment

IVF oversees every step of conception, so treatment takes place in several stages. Each phase of IVF addresses common causes of infertility to increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

  • Ovarian stimulation - IVF treatment starts with ovarian stimulation. At this phase of treatment, the intended mother or egg donor takes fertility medication to stimulate the ovaries and encourage the production of multiple eggs. Fertility medications are usually self-administered via injection over the span of one to two weeks.
  • Egg retrieval - Following ovarian stimulation, we schedule egg retrieval. This is a minimally invasive procedure in which a thin, hollow needle is inserted transvaginally and guided to the follicles so that they can collect released eggs.
  • Fertilization - Collected eggs are fertilized in a laboratory setting with a concentrated sperm sample that has been collected from the intended father(s) or a sperm donor. Fertilized eggs are observed for several days and then tested for viability.
  • Embryo transfer - The most viable embryo(s) is selected for embryo transfer. Embryos are placed in a flexible catheter and inserted through the vagina so they can be deposited directly into the uterus.

Considerations for Two Intended Fathers

When two intended fathers are undergoing IVF treatment, there are certain factors that must be taken into consideration. First, the fathers will need to choose an egg donor and gestational surrogate to work with. The egg donor undergoes ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval to provide the eggs for IVF treatment. The gestational surrogate undergoes embryo transfer and carries the pregnancy. Our Omaha patients can choose an egg donor and surrogate among their family or friends, or they can select them from a donor/surrogacy agency.

The second consideration is which father will provide the sperm sample (or whether they will work with a sperm donor). Whichever father donates the sperm will be biologically linked to the child. It is also possible for both men to donate sperm, and for the collection to be mixed so that each has the chance to participate in IVF treatment.

Considerations for Two Intended Mothers 

When two intended mothers undergo IVF treatment, an egg donor and surrogate should not be necessary, unless the patients suffer from fertility problems. However, patients will need to determine who will provide the eggs for IVF treatment, and who will carry the pregnancy. Often, one mother acts as the egg donor, while the other carries the pregnancy, so that they both have an active role in IVF treatment.

Intended mothers will require a sperm donor for IVF treatment. As with egg donors and surrogates, sperm donors can be someone that is close to the patients, or they can be selected from a donor agency.

Contact Us to Learn More

f you are a member of the LGBTQ community and are ready to start a family, the fertility specialists at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, would be happy to help you explore your options. To schedule a personal consultation with our team, send us a message online, or call our Omaha clinic at (402) 714-4200.

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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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