Newlife IVF remains open and our fertility specialists, nurses and counsellors are all still available with most consults now taking place virtually (via telehealth or videoconferencing). However, while our initial advice was to proceed with treatment as planned, the Government has now released specific recommendations regarding fertility treatment, which means we cannot proceed with any new egg collections, embryo transfers or intrauterine insemination for the time being. Only patients who began their cycle before Friday 3 April may complete their cycle. This is to free up resources within our healthcare system, so our health services can cope with the increased burden of care related to the coronavirus.
Please note: Newlife IVF must follow directives from the Department of Health, as well as the policies of Epworth Eastern Hospital, and these are subject to change. Currently, any patient who has had close contact to a person known to have COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days. This means that they can’t attend the clinic for any fertility treatment. The current definition of a close contact is:
Further, any patient actually diagnosed with coronavirus will be managed by the Department of Health, and they will be unable to attend the clinic while infectious. Please refer to this self-assessment tool from the Department of Health to assess your risk (correct as of 16 March 2020).
The situation is changing quickly. While we are not sure when these fertility treatments can restart, we recommend that you:
If you are having difficulty conceiving, we still advise you to seek help from one of our specialists in line with our usual recommendations:
We can arrange a virtual consult or see you in our rooms with suitable precautions in place. If the treatment you require is currently unavailable due to the Government mandate, we can ensure all your pre-work has been completed, so that treatment can start promptly once services recommence.
If you are still unsure about reaching out at this time, join our weekly video chat series. Every Tuesday night at 6.30pm, our fertility specialists discuss a range of fertility topics via Zoom. For more information and to RSVP, go to our events page. Those who register and attend are eligible for a bulk-billed initial consultation.
During your period of quarantine, you will be unable to attend Newlife IVF clinics for appointments, ultrasounds, blood tests or fertility procedures (such as embryo transfer).
If you suspect you need to self-quarantine or have been told to undergo quarantine, please contact our nursing team as soon as practicable by calling (03) 8080 8933.
While our first priority is to reduce the spread of coronavirus through our community, we will do what we can to facilitate your care and continue with your treatment, if it’s appropriate and safe to do so. For example, some appointments can be managed by teleconference, or home delivery of medications may be appropriate. Your fertility nurse will advise what is possible in your particular situation.
It is difficult to be completely certain because COVID-19 is a new virus. Our current observations are:
There is no evidence at present that coronavirus can cross the placenta and cause an infection during the pregnancy.
It appears that a maternal infection does not pose any additional risk to your baby.
It is understandable to feel anxious at this time on top of the normal worries associated with fertility treatment and pregnancy. Don’t feel like you have to cope alone. We are always here to help, and the coronavirus pandemic is no exception.
Please do not hesitate to call (03) 8080 8933 to speak to one of our team members or email [email protected]. We will then direct you to our fertility specialists, nursing or counselling team, as appropriate, for support and information.
This is certainly an extraordinary time but we will all get through it together. If you have any further questions, do get in touch!
Stay safe and take care, from Tiki and the rest of the Newlife IVF team.
Disclaimer: all information in this post is correct as of 7 April 2020 and will be regularly updated as new information and advice from health authorities comes to hand.