April 3, 2020

“Studies Indicate Coronavirus No More Dangerous For Pregnant Women..” Read more on NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/article/pregnancy-coronavirus.html

April 2, 2020

RE:  Update Dominion Fertility Operations

Dear Patients:

We continue to follow the ASRM and ACOG guidelines and so we are providing phone consultations for both new and existing patients until we can resume normal operations.

During this time, always feel free to call us if you desire a consult or have any questions.  Dominion Fertility will always be here for you.  Patients who are pregnant and currently under our care will have their early pregnancy monitored by us until you are referred to your Obstetrician.

We are preparing for the many patients who will resume or begin their treatments and testing as soon as normal operations resume, hopefully sometime in early May.

We will continue to update you, and in the meantime, I would direct you to Dominion Fertility’s Face Book to see our many videos and learn more about our treatment programs and about our successes.  Always feel free to call us.

We look forward to working hard for you and achieving many more successful pregnancies.

Please stay healthy.

Michael DiMattina, M.D.

Medical Director

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March 25, 2020

Latest Message from Dr. Kay Waud:

Letter from Dr. Waud

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March 24, 2020

Latest Message from SART on COVID-19: A Special Message from SART Regarding COVID-19

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March 23, 2020

Latest Message from ASRM on COVID-19 : ASRM

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March 22, 2020

RE:  Update on Operations at Dominion Fertility

Sometimes, doing the right thing is not always the easiest thing to do….. At DF, we have decided to do the right thing for the health and safety of our patients, doctors and staff.

At DF, the safety and health of our patients and staff is always our top concern.

And that is why we chose a week ago to immediately implement the guidelines from the experts at ASRM and ACOG…..  to protect you and our staff.

Some fertility clinics have chosen to ignore these recommendations, rather it’s “business as usual” thereby potentially exposing their patients and staff to Covid 19 and furthering the spread of this pandemic.  Why?

DF believes that our shut down will be between 2-4 weeks, at which time we would be able to resume normal operations.  In the meantime, we are performing telemedicine, keeping in touch with our patients using phone consults.

Please, always feel free to call us.

This week we will complete treatment in those patients currently in cycle undergoing IVF treatment and cryopreserve their embryos as permitted by the ASRM.  We will monitor our existing patients who are in their early stages of pregnancy.  All other elective operations are on hold until it is safe for us to resume normal operations.

Now more than ever, we need to make good medical decisions that are best for our patients and staff.  Dominion will continue to monitor the situation in real time and update you.

Please do not come to our office if you have fever, cold or flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has the Covid 19 virus.  Simply call us and we will help you.

We profoundly appreciate your understanding, patience and commitment to DF.  We are totally committed to the highest of medical standards for our patients and to our staff.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding during these difficult times.  We will continue with updates in real-time as they occur. And we will always maintain the highest of medical standards for you and our staff.

We can lessen the magnitude of this virus if we all unite and work together.

Michael DiMattina, M.D.

Medical Director, Dominion Fertility

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March 18, 2020

Update on Operations at Dominion Fertility,

As always, our foremost concern is the health and safety of our patients. If you have any questions, always please call us. We are here to help you.

For your safety and at the recommendation of the ASRM, we have modified our operations and the following operational plan will now be effective for patients at Dominion Fertility. All patients currently in a treatment cycle may complete their treatment if they so desire.

IVF Patients:
All patients who are actively in IVF cycles and already taking injections will be allowed to complete their cycle (if they choose).
All patients undergoing Natural Cycle IVF will have their embryo cryopreserved for a later frozen thaw embryo transfer.
All patients who are currently on birth control pills (OCP) with or without Lupron will have their stimulation postponed. Those patients can safely continue their OCP’s and stop their Lupron thereby preparing for their stimulated IVF treatment once conditions change.
All stimulated IVF patients who have started their Stop Lupron protocol should stop their Lupron as they will not be stimulated until conditions change.

Frozen Thaw Embryo Transfer Patients (FET):

All patients currently in cycle who have started progesterone and have a planned FET date will have the option to proceed with treatment if they wish. The option of cancelling the FET and postponing treatment exists.
Patients in a medicated FET cycle on estrogen whose FET’s fall during the week of 3/23-27 will have the option of undergoing FET or postponing treatment.
After 3/27, no embryo transfers will be permitted until further notice and those patients should speak with their IVF coordinator.
For patients wanting to start a medicated FET cycle, please call your IVF coordinator. Most of these patients can be easily placed on hold using OCP’s to prepare for FET once conditions change.

All intrauterine insemination (IUI) patients:

All IUI cycles will be cancelled now.

Endometrial Receptivity Assay (ERA) cycles:

Patients already on estrogen and progesterone with a scheduled ERA will be allowed to proceed with the ERA.
ERA patients only on estrogen only will be postponed. Such patients will be instructed by their IVF coordinator.

Obstetrical Sonograms:

We will perform obstetrical sonograms until the patient is ready to be referred to her obstetrician.
Blood monitoring for obstetrical patients will continue until the patient has been weaned off her estrogen.

Consultations (new patients and existing)

Effective 3/19, all patient consults will be by phone.

Sonograms and SonoHSG:

Effective 3/19, all are cancelled until conditions change.

Semen Analysis:

All Semen analysis will be cancelled after 3/20.

Dominion Fertility continues to monitor real-time expert recommendations from the CDC and ASRM and we may continue to modify our operations as needed.

Again, we ask all of our patients to call us for any questions. We sincerely appreciate your understanding during these difficult times.

Michael DiMattina, M.D.
Medical Director, Dominion Fertility

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