At Fertility First, we regularly clean all surfaces with disinfectant, including door handles, computers, EFTPOS machines, and front counters, while also monitor our staff for any symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 coronavirus, strictly adhering to current health warnings.
However, at this time, pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell than the general population if they develop COVID-19 infection.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has advised that for women who are trying to conceive, or who are in early pregnancy, there is no evidence to suggest there is an increased risk of miscarriage with COVID-19. Furthermore, there is also no evidence that the virus can pass to your developing baby while you are pregnant (this is called vertical transmission).
There is also no evidence at present to suggest that the virus will cause abnormalities in your baby. Women will likely experience only mild or moderate cold/flu-like symptoms, while newborn babies and infants do not appear to be at increased risk of complications from the COVID-19 infection.
Throughout all of this, Fertility First is looking to provide its patients with ongoing updates and support, and kindly requests that patients also follow current preventative measures. If coming into the clinic makes you uncomfortable, though, all consultations can be changed from face to face to telephone appointments.
The Fertility First Team