The New Year month of January 2020 is the time to promote National Birth Defects Prevention Month. This nationwide movement is designed to raise awareness about the causes and impact of preventable birth defects. Not all birth defects can be prevented – but – you can increase your chance of having a healthy baby.
Preventing Birth Defects
Non-Invasive Chromosomal Screening (NICS) is a cutting-edge genetic testing methodology used to evaluate the chromosomal status of an embryo culturing in vitro during the Blastocyst stage (5 to 6 days). The development of NICS methodology at New Hope Fertility Center marks a huge and truly a momentous achievement. We are the only fertility clinic on the East Coast to offer NICS in conjunction with IVF. NICS increases IVF and Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) pregnancy success rates by up to 30 percent.
Advantages of NICS Methodology
Our cutting-edge NICS technology detects most chromosomal abnormalities in embryos prior to transfer into the patient’s uterus.
- No need to remove embryo cells by needle stick
- Less embryo manipulation
- Culture media is processed on site (no transportation concerns)
- NICS causes little to no stress on the embryo as it develops in vitro
- Improved birth rates of healthy babies
- Provides opportunity for gender identification and selection
- Demonstrably safer and more accurate than conventional – trophectoderm – biopsy (cell extraction)
- Avoids disruptive embryo conventional biopsies which have been recently shown in study published in the August, 2019 journal Fertility and Sterility to increase the risk of pre-eclampsia and placental problems in pregnancy
Candidates for NICS
- Women over the age of 35 (advanced maternal age)
- Any woman desiring prenatal genetic screening to rule out Down’s Syndrome or other syndromes
- Women who have suffered 2 or more miscarriages
- Women desiring to lower their risk of a miscarriage
- Women having multiple failed IVF cycles
- Women who desire Family Balancing via Gender Selection
Cutting-Edge IVF Protocols
Important Fertility Awareness Movements
- National Folic Acid Awareness Week: 1st Week of January
- Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month: January
- Endometriosis Awareness Month: March
- National Woman’s Health Week: May 8th – 14th
- World Infertility Awareness Month: June
- Men’s Health Month: June
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (October 15)
- Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: September
- PCOS Awareness Month: September
Improving Your Fertility Health
Nutrition plays an essential role in improving the chances of conception and supporting a healthy pregnancy. Diet matters greatly before pregnancy and solidifies healthy eating habits during pregnancy. A diet and fertility study has examined the impact of nutrition on a woman’s fertility.
Folic-Acid Rich Foods
- Leafy greens – such as spinach
- Citrus fruits – such as orange juice
- Fortified cereals
Avid Promoters of National Birth Defects Awareness Month
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