Fertility Partnership Announces Re-Opening after COVID-19
In all candor, we are still apprehensive. As in all situations, we know without a doubt, we have yet to ever turn a patient away. We know that in today’s all-digital world, it is more difficult than ever for physicians to securely deliver a child in a safe, private and timely manner, especially in cases of medical ethics that require the highest standards of care. We believe the surge in patient requests has leveled-off since March, but there is no doubt this order has “strained” our resources. Since this crisis began, The Fertility Partnership has streamlined booking practices, gotten redundant from an excess capacity of 15 physicians, reduced travel and communication requirements to two physicians to better serve the patients we did see and now we have staff members who cannot travel but would like to return to normal activities. Some of our family medicine colleagues, along with a handful of obstetrics fellows have volunteered, however, with very limited travel privileges. We look forward to hiring car-pools and flying physicians back to the office once we are open for regular, safe physician visits, but for now, we are still in a holding pattern but offer tubal reversal.
We are not anti-technology. We were respondents to a Nagasaki birth control study and part-owners of two companies that provide ovulation-blocking medication. Our organization focuses on women’s reproductive health, education and advocacy, we are staunch proponents of sound, science-based policy concerning women’s health. We feel it is incumbent on us to take a leadership position because each woman and her family deserves access to their reproductive health needs and interests, without interference. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the Supreme Court will take an unprecedented action to physically, if not practically, lift the stay-at-home order nationwide for good and uphold the health and safety of all our patients. Once we are completely open, we will be fully prepared to negotiate with the Administration and Congress to get the government fully funded to install critical public health infrastructure in all 50 states to provide safe and accessible reproductive health services. Also check Facebook.
The St. Louis openness and full participation in the health care system has been an ongoing and intrepid effort, and we are truly appreciative of the Doctors, Pharmacists and all those who have stepped up to help. We look forward to the day when we begin to see full compliance with the government’s safety measures and steps to secure adequate supplies of contraception and at-home testing so women in Missouri and beyond have the technology they need to make educated reproductive health decisions with a St. Louis Fertility Clinic.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Missouri University, has declared 1 in 4 couples in the MU system to have a “high-risk pregnancy”. Today, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University, has offically declared a similar 1 in 4 couples to be at risk.
The Fertility Partnership is a Research Affiliate of the Center for Specialized Reproductive Science at Columbia and has been operating a clinical fertility clinic in St. Louis, Missouri since 1996. The Fertility Partnership is a not-for-profit research institute dedicated to providing reproductive medicine services to couples in the St. Louis area who have unmet reproductive need through the education and counseling provided at our medical exams and fertility education programs.
If a couple desires to begin meeting in private to start a family, we do provide a safe space for couples to meet in a safe, private setting.
Patients “can’t go there anymore,” he said. “They have to come to us.”
While added social distancing precautions are put in place to protect both the public and employees, families may be wary of going to a clinic that is restricting reproductive care services. Series of precautionary measures are being taken to try and merely re-open that possibility. The public health department for the City of St. Louis had enacted a 9 pm to 6 am nighttime order that was in effect until January 1st. This order included public parks, senior centers, and public transportation. Some businesses remain open, but those with outdoor restaurants or patios are beginning to remain closed until further notice but if you have failed ivf, no problem we can help.
At The Fertility Partnership, we are not asking patients to begin a family on their own. However, if a couple desires to create a family and meet in private to do so, we have medical assistance available for couples who would like to conceive naturally. No patient must travel to St. Louis or St. Charles, we are here to help. “We have a speculum in our office for men and women in couples trying to get pregnant naturally. We also teach couples how to monitor their fertility naturally with our self-examination kits. Our services are cost-effective, as we focus on helping these couples to become confident enough to conceive naturally, while still protecting the public and staff,” he said.
We have staff in play both in St. Louis and St. Charles, both providing education and providing services directly for couples who desire to become pregnant naturally, “ patients can’t go there anymore,” he said firmly. “They have to come to us.
Bringing fertility treatments to patients once a week at reduced prices is a step in the right direction.
According to the National Health Interview Survey, while 61% of female patients were using online fertility services in 2018, only 29% of male patients had the internet as their primary source of fertility services.
The Fertility Partnership states its goal is to be the most trusted online fertility resource in the world, with a platform that best mirrors the traditional medical model. Several facts and figures should be noted:
Fertility rates vary widely from country to country, from only 4% in the Czech Republic to 16% in Denmark.
The number of fetuses produced from artificial insemination approaches has increased 400% in 30 years.
Dr. Robert Zarr, Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Federation of America states: "We are ecstatic to see this relieved absence of reproductive discrimination once again on the national health and governmental agenda. These statistics are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hidden pregnancy, decreased sexual activity, recent increases in teen pregnancy, and higher divorce rates. We only have to look across our state borders to Louisiana to see deeply entrenched inequalities of reproductive opportunity."
The fertility for each treatment session is paid by the patient.
The Fertility Partnership offers treatments such as egg retrieval, gamete intraautosolateral hybridization, and hybridization of oocytes and sperm. The cost of these procedures is covered 100% by insurance.
Fertility Partnership – St. Louis IVF & Fertility Services
5401 Veterans Memorial Pkwy #201, St Peters, MO 63376
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