The FDA has issued specific requirements and guidelines to fertility centers around the country, which includes recommendations for when to stop treatments to prevent infection transmission. A Bella Baby OBGYN complies with all federal, state, and local healthcare laws and guidelines to assure the best possible outcome for your treatment and to keep the transmission of infection minimized.
The governing body for fertility practices, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), has updated its guidelines on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. These guidelines were affirmed on Monday, March 30, 2020:
1. Suspension of initiation of new treatment cycles, including ovulation induction
2. Continue to care for patients who are currently ‘in-cycle’ or who require urgent stimulation and cryopreservation.
4. Suspend elective surgeries and non-urgent diagnostic procedures.
5. Minimize in-person interactions and increase the utilization of telehealth.
Do you test for COVID-19 at A Bella Baby OBGYN?
We do not test for COVID-19, all testing must be done at your primary care provider (PCP) office. Any patient that has come in contact with a person known to be diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus or suspects they have been exposed should seek immediate care from PCP. No appointments at our offices can occur until medical clearance is provided by your PCP.
All patients that arrive for an appointment will be asked a COVID-19 questionnaire and have their temperature taken before they are able to proceed with their appointment. If your temperature is 99 degrees or above, you will be sent home in accordance with regulations. We also request that you come to your appointment alone, no additional parties will be allowed (spouse, partner, or child). Thank you for your understanding.
Have any staff been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Following the strict infection prevention protocols put in place, we have had no staff succumb to a COVID-19 diagnosis and continue to provide care at our office.
What should I do if I am not feeling well?
The health of our patients and staff remains our primary concern. We ask that if you are experiencing a cough, fever, runny nose, or shortness of breath, please do not come to the office. This is to protect you, our other patients, and our staff. We recognize that there are many reasons to have a cough, runny nose and fever that are not associated with the COVID-19 virus, but we remain committed to the health of our patients and staff.
What should I do if a family member is diagnosed with COVID-19?
If you or a family member is diagnosed with COVID-19 it is recommended to self-quarantine for a minimum for two weeks (potentially longer if illness persists) and during that time you would have to postpone your appointments.
Should I cancel my upcoming appointment
There is no need to cancel your appointment unless you have the symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, respiratory issues, or shortness of breath). If you do have these symptoms, please do not come to the office and call to cancel. We are happy to reschedule for you.
These restrictions will, unfortunately, be in place as long as the “stay at home” restrictions are in place. You are always in our prayers and hope that you stay safe during this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office