MARCH 25, 2020 – Update – Telemedicine appointments available
The health and safety of our patients, community and staff is our priority. Due to the COVID-19 “Stay home, Stay healthy” order, we are now accepting new patients through telemedicine or phone consultation. We know this is a stressful time and infertility is time sensitive, we are committed to continuing to provide you with the valuable expertise you deserve.
Schedule a telemedicine appointment to talk with one of our expert physicians about your reproductive goals and put a plan in place.
Call our main line at 206.301.5000 to schedule.
MARCH 18, 2020 – Update
On March 17, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) issued recommendations for fertility centers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the global community, we believe it is our ethical responsibility to help slow and limit the spread of this disease. We will therefore temporarily postpone the initiation of new treatment cycles, including ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and in vitro fertilization.
We are offering telemedicine consultations for new and established patients so that you may resume evaluation and treatment as soon as possible. We will continue to offer urgent services for our patients with medical and obstetrical concerns related to fertility treatments.
We are committed to resume full services as soon as it is prudent according to the guidance of our public health officials and in our best judgement. We are evaluating the situation daily and will post changes to this website as new information becomes available.
For additional information, please refer to our online FAQ or contact us directly. We wish all of you safe passage through these uncertain times.
The SRM Team
MARCH 18, 2020 – Update Cont.
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MARCH 13, 2020 – Update
The health and well-being of our patients and staff is SRM’s highest priority. The physician and leadership team is working diligently to stay informed on the emerging scientific developments and evolving guidance from our local and national leaders in public health regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pregnancy and COVID-19—what we know and don’t know:
- Risk to mother: Because COVID-19 is so new, there is limited information available about the risks to the mother and fetus if contracted during pregnancy. In general, pregnant women are more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, and may be at risk for more severe illness. Initial published data are reassuring for the severity of illness for pregnant women with COVID-19, but these data are very limited.
- Risk to fetus: There is even less information available about risks to the fetus when the virus is contracted during the first or second trimester. Data from other similar illnesses are reassuring, suggesting no increased risk of miscarriage or birth defects. However, with other viral illnesses (such as SARS), if the infection is severe, increased risks including miscarriage and preterm birth have been observed.
Things to consider:
- We intend to remain open and are committed to providing ongoing care with your safety in mind. Should you choose to postpone your treatment, please contact your care team.
- If you have a fever of 100.4 F or greater, especially if associated with respiratory symptoms, notify your care team and do not come into the clinic. It will be necessary to interrupt ongoing treatment if you may be infectious. This should be a consideration as you decide whether to postpone your fertility treatment.
- Strict personal hygiene (especially hand-washing) and avoiding potential exposures are the most important measures you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community.
What we are doing:
- We are committed to help control the spread of COVID-19 by complying with guidance to maximize social distancing.
- For patients who prefer not to come to an in-person visit, we will be offering phone appointments. If you would like to change an existing appointment to phone, please contact us.
- We have directed our nurses and financial counselors to shift primarily to phone and online communication.
- You have the option to wait for your provider in adjacent spaces in the building to minimize crowding in the reception area.
- To help us with these efforts, we must ask that you continue to observe our policy that children are not to accompany you to the clinic.
- We have implemented additional measures for disinfecting common areas and have reinforced infection control procedures with all our staff.
We understand this situation may add worry to an already stressful time. Our counselors are available should you need any additional support. As always, if you have any questions regarding your treatment plan and timeline, please reach out to discuss your individual situation with a member of your care team.
The SRM Physician and Leadership Team
MARCH 3, 2020 – Update
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person and it has now been confirmed within our region. This is an emerging epidemic and we are monitoring and following the most up-to-date recommendations from the Department of Health (DOH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). SRM cares deeply about the health and well-being of our patients, our staff, and our community.
The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu, also prevent the spread of Covid-19. Common signs of infection include fever and respiratory symptoms, including cough and shortness of breath.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your care team and do not come into the clinic.
For the most current information about COVID-19 and recommendations for keeping yourself and your family healthy, we recommend these resources:
If you have questions, please call the Washington State Department of Health at 1(800) 525-0127.
If you have overseas travel plans, we encourage you to visit the CDC travel site.