Update October 26, 2020
COVID-19 diagnosis rates are up significantly across the United States as we enter the fall. We anticipate this will continue through the winter. We now find ourselves trying to normalize life while at the same time trying to minimize COVID spread. We realize face mask use is controversial and uncomfortable, but for your protection we want to take extra precautions to protect you and our staff. We therefore request that all patients and family/friends accompanying them wear face masks when they are in one of our offices. Our staff will also be wearing face masks.
During this entire pandemic we have been able to continue patient care without interruption by social distancing and face masks. Through evidence based proactive measure taken at Coastal Fertility we have not had any patient or staff member become infected with COVID from care at our offices.
Within the office we will use social distancing along with face masks and gloves if closer contact is necessary. “Cell Phone Waiting” is available to decrease the number of patients in the lobby at any one time. We have increased the frequency of office cleaning procedures and are ensuring asymptomatic staff members are caring for asymptomatic patients. New patient visits can be in person with social distancing or via video consultations. Patient choice.
In summary, our office is open and ready for your evaluation and treatment when you are ready for us.
What about if I’m in a treatment cycle? We will continue your cycle without cancellation. Your pregnancy rates will not be adversely affected. All of our offices will be open for monitoring and treatment. See the office hours below.
Can I start a new treatment cycle? Yes. Due to the time sensitive nature of fertility care we can safely start treatment cycles with social distancing and face masks when necessary.
What about if I’m pregnant? We will be here for you to care for your pregnancy. There won’t be any change in your pregnancy care.
What about New Patient Visits/Consults? We can do them in person with social distancing or by video. It’s your choice. If you choose video, in one video session you will meet your physician, nurse and financial coordinator.
What about Infertility Testing? We can do your testing in any of our 5 offices safely with social distancing and face masks where social distancing is not possible.
Is it Safe to Come to the Office? We have been proactive within the office to help increase your safety. To help decrease the number of patients in the waiting room, we have started a “cell phone” waiting procedure in the lobby so you can wait outside and we will text you when we are ready to start your care. Within the office we have employed increased social distancing along with both face masks and gloves when appropriate. We have significantly increased office cleaning procedures and only have asymptomatic staff members caring for asymptomatic patients. Within the office, in person nursing visits will be minimized allowing more communication via video, email and phone. If you are uncomfortable about something please let us know and we will try to help. There are many options.
What is “Cell Phone” Waiting? In an effort to increase social distancing at the office we have started what we refer to as a “cell phone” waiting procedure. After checking in at the front desk you can provide us with your cell phone number and we will text you when we are ready to see you. Hopefully that will give you time to walk around the pond or wait in your car helping to lower the number of people in the lobby at any given time.
A common question is the impact of contracting COVID-19 if you are pregnant: Recent studies are reassuring. According to the CDC and some recent international studies, there does not appear to be any increased risk of miscarriage or other complications such as fetal malformations for pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19. Furthermore, a study of 43 pregnant women in New York who were infected with COVID-19 and had symptoms showed that none of their babies contracted the virus. There does not appear to be transmission of the virus across the placenta in those patients as virus was not present in amniotic fluid, the babies’ throats, or in breast milk. The risk of passing the infection to the fetus appears to be very low. Data from other similar illnesses are reassuring, suggesting no increased risk of miscarriage or birth defects.
Importantly, if you are sick please call us before coming to the office. We will help make arrangements to continue your care without compromising your healthcare or other peoples health.
For your protection all patient’s temperatures will be taken prior to blood draws and procedures. Within the office increased social distancing along with face masks and gloves will be used in addition to social distancing. We have increased the frequency of office cleaning procedures and are ensuring asymptomatic staff members are caring for asymptomatic patients.
Mount Pleasant: Normal Hours and Operations
Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. to noon
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to noon
North Charleston: Normal Hours and Operations
Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lexington: Normal Hours and Operations
Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Myrtle Beach: Normal Hours and Operations
Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Savannah: Normal Hours and Operations
Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We are closed for lunch from 1 to 2 pm.
The health and well-being of our patients and staff is Coastal Fertility’s highest priority. The 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 if contracted during pregnancy. Initial published data are reassuring for the incidence and severity of illness for pregnant women with COVID-19, but these data are very limited.
- Risk to fetus: As outline above the studies to date show no increased risk of miscarriage or birth defects. A recent study published in April of 2020 of 43 mothers in New York infected with COVID-19 show viral symptoms no worse than the general population. Culturing the babies for the virus showed no evidence of passing the virus across the placenta as all of the babies were negative for the virus. Data from other similar illnesses are reassuring, suggesting no increased risk of miscarriage or birth defects.
Things to consider:
- 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 before contacting us first. We will make alternative arrangements that won’t compromise your care our other patients. It may be necessary to interrupt ongoing treatment if you become infectious.
- 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.
- 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. We have counselors 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 Coastal Fertility Specialists Leadership Team