COVID-19 & updates

COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – 20th August 2021

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You will be aware from our Alert Level 4 lockdown update on Wednesday 18th August, that again COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted on our ability to provide a full fertility service at this time.  For people who were currently undergoing treatment at the time of lockdown, we remain committed to completing them with some exceptions and conditions outlined below.

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COVID-19 vaccine update

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We know our clients will be wondering about the safety of being immunised when undergoing, or about to start, fertility treatment. The advice remains the same from The Ministry of Health – there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine effects fertility, so fertility treatment can continue during immunisation. However, it will be a personal decision and we encourage you to discuss any concerns with your Repromed fertility doctor.

We follow the advice of RANZCOG (Royal Australian & NZ College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists), read their new update HERE. A summary of key points is below:

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A short survey for clients having undergone IVF within the last 24 months

If you have completed one round of IVF, the University of Auckland invites you to complete a survey. The purpose of this survey is to ask you about how you would feel about some things that might be asked of consumers when taking part in clinical trial research, for example, taking extra medicines during fertility treatment. The results of the survey will help shape a planned clinical research trial and help improve the quality of medicines and procedures offered by health services in support of women’s reproductive health.
The survey will take around 5 minutes, is confidential and there is no obligation to be part of a future clinical trial.
If you wish to participate, please click here.

EVENT UPDATE: Surrogacy and Egg Donation Webinar

Repromed are proud sponsors of the Surrogacy and Egg Donation event on Saturday 21st August. Due to Lockdown in Auckland, this seminar we will be now be hosted via Zoom.

Hosted by Tamati Coffey, this event is a chance for intended parents, parents, egg donors, surrogates, and experts to share stories and learn from each other.  Repromed’s Helen Nicholson will be presenting an overview of the process including counselling and other guidelines required by NZ regulators.

Tickets from $5, click to find out more and book here: https://www.growingfamilies.org/auckland/

 

Mieke’s story – Nurse Coordinator & Donation Coordinator

I feel so lucky to be able to be involved in creating a family’s life journey. I just love it, it’s truly amazing and deeply satisfying. Working on the donor sperm programme is particularly rewarding, it gives same sex couples and single women the opportunity to conceive, people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have a baby of their own. The relationships I build with the donors and the recipients is really special and so rewarding for me as I get to support them through the journey they are on. Every day I get a buzz from the amazing thought – this client is now pregnant and that is the direct result of what we have done for them. A year later they bring their beautiful babies into the clinic to show them off, and every single time it blows me away. It’s an honour.

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Seeds of hope – public ceremony

Special Public Ceremony on Saturday 1st May in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 🌱

Those struggling with infertility can feel they have nothing tangible to grieve and it can also be a lonely journey. The Seeds of Hope ceremony can help by offering the chance to acknowledge losses, by being able to put words to feelings thereby recognising that loss and grief is real. This thoughtful event has been designed and created to assist in the healing process and to provide hope where attendees are able to acknowledge the losses connected with infertility. Click here to learn more including details of how to register your interest.

 

Joy & Neil’s story of perseverance

Joy & Neil’s story of perseverance

Neil and I both have a wonderful blended family, between us we have three amazing teenagers from previous marriages, and when our family was on an even keel, we decided we wanted to add another child to our family.

When we married, we weren’t sure that natural conception would be possible as I had been diagnosed with low ovarian reserve age 29. We decided to try for a pregnancy when I was 36; a decision which took us on an intense 5 year journey suffering the tragedy of pregnancy losses, life threatening complications and unsuccessful fertility treatment, before we eventually met our darling boy, Noah.

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Repromed at COVID-19 Alert Level 2

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Good news – at COVID-19 Alert Level 2, all Repromed services and treatments are available.  However have enhanced protection in place to ensure we minimise any community transmission risk. Changes between COVID Alert levels will be reviewed on a weekly basis, so keep checking our webpage for these updates.

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Repromed at COVID-19 Alert Level 3

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Auckland is at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and we are here to support all Repromed clients. Minimising community transmission is critical so we will be actioning immediate safety precautions – however good news, most of Repromed services and treatments continue at Alert Level 3.

This overview provides information about how services and treatments are impacted and provides suggestions for additional support.   If you have any queries that are causing you concern, please email the team so we can offer some reassurance: .

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A story of hope – pregnancy with help from donors

When I look back on our long, hard fertility journey it seems miraculous that I have a baby in my arms today.

My husband and I decided that we would start “trying” ten years ago and although we took it lightly at this point, it was still super disappointing getting my periods every month, knowing for sure I wasn’t pregnant.

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