Is Heartland Women’s Healthcare accepting new patients?
New patients can often get next day appointments schedule at many of our locations. To schedule an appointment, please call our Patient Support Center at 1-844-USAOBGYN (872-6249). Our Patient Support Center is based out of our corporate headquarters in Mount Vernon, IL and manages scheduling and communication for each of our offices.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
You will need to bring a photo ID and your insurance card. Please be prepared to pay any applicable co-pays, coinsurance or deductibles prior to being seen for your appointment. We accept most major credit and debit cards, checks, money orders, and cash.
Will my health insurance plan cover the cost of my visit?
Preventative care visits are usually covered fully, however, some do require a co-pay. If you have a question of whether a procedure or service is covered or not, please contact your insurance company or our billing department before your appointment.
Accepted Insurance Plans
What is your sliding fee schedule for 2021?
2021 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR THE 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES WITH DISCOUNT SCALE
|Family Size||Gross Yearly Family Income (GYFI)|
|100% of FPL*||125% of FPL*||150% of FPL*||175% of FPL*||200% of FPL*||>200% of FPL*|
|More than 8||For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,180 to the 100% of FPL for each|
|Discount if <=GYFI||Nominal Fee $10.00||80%||60%||40%||20%||0%|
Payment plans are available
*FPL= Federal Poverty Level as specified by the Department of Health and Human Services.
When should l have my first prenatal appointment?
If you’ve tested positive with a home pregnancy test, please call our Patient Support Center at 1-844-USAOBGYN (872-6249). Our team will schedule your first prenatal appointment for approximately eight weeks from your last menstrual period.
Are there any foods I should avoid while I’m pregnant?
During pregnancy, please avoid fish that contains Mercury (including swordfish, tile fish, mackerel and shark). It’s also advised that you reframe from consuming saccharine, alcohol, deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses, and any under-cooked meat, poultry and fish.
Can I exercise while I’m pregnant?
If approved by our medical staff, you can continue your current regular exercise routine. However, you should not start a rigorous workout regimen during pregnancy. Please avoid activities with high risk of injury or falling. It is important to remember to always be hydrated during any works.
Can I have sex while I’m pregnant?
Unless your pregnancy is classified as high risk or if there are other safety concerns, you can have sex without fear of harming your baby.
Can I get my hair colored while I’m pregnant?
Only a small portion of the chemicals in hair dye are absorbed into your system, it’s likely safe to dye your hair while you’re pregnant. If you’re concerned, you might consider waiting until the second trimester, as your developing baby will be less vulnerable. Other options, such as highlights, that have little to no contact with your scalp may be worth considering.
Am I allowed to consume caffeine while I’m pregnant?
It is important to limit caffeine intake during your pregnancy. Do not drink more than 200 mg per day. This equates to about 2 cups of coffee.
Will my insurance be charged for the free ultrasounds I receive at each visit?
While this is a complimentary service for our patients to see their baby at every pre-natal visit, yes, we do submit all ultrasound paperwork to your insurance.
Who will deliver my baby?
As an obstetrical patient, you may be seen by multiple providers throughout your prenatal visits. This allows you to become even more familiar with our team. If the delivery is not scheduled, the provider that is on-call the day you go into labor will perform the delivery.
At what age should I get my first mammogram?
The average woman age 40 and older should have mammograms every one or two years. However, it is imperative to get a mammogram at any age if a lump is found. If you believe you may be at a higher risk of getting breast cancer, please speak with one of our providers about when you should start getting exams. Patients with a higher risk include those with a close blood relative has been diagnosed with the disease (especially if they were diagnosed before the age of 50), who started having periods before the age of 12, who went through menopause after the age of 55, who had their first child after the age of 30, or who never had a child.
Can I have my Pap smear while I’m on my period?
Yes, though it is recommended to avoid, if possible. The blood may cover up the cells that need to be examined. We suggest you try to schedule your Pap smear when you are off your period or when you do not have a heavy flow.
When should I get my next Depo-Provera shot?
Click here to view our Depo-Provera calendar. Search for the date you received your last shot. The coordinating column will show the date range for your next shot.
What is the most effective birth control option?
Abstinence will always remain the more effective birth control option. Click here for a birth control effectiveness chart. It is always suggested that patients consult with a provider while choosing the best birth control option for them.