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WorkinCT: Connecticut fertility clinic adapts to COVID-19 pandemic to serve patients

They are all time-sensitive and involved medical treatments that came to a stop when COVID-19 hit.

STAMFORD, Conn. — For Doctor Gad Lavy giving personalized care to those going through fertility challenges has been his mission for decades.  It’s the reason behind the New England Fertility Institute in Stamford.

“Over the years of course, our field has changed, so essentially what we do is now more related to IVF, and also over the years, my interests have changed and I focus on what we call third-party reproduction, which is egg donation and surrogacy,” said Dr. Gad Lavy, New England Fertility Institute’s Medical Director.

They are all time-sensitive and involved medical treatments that came to a stop when COVID-19 hit.  Fertility clinics across the country temporarily closed.  New England Fertility shut down for two months to assess what was a new virus and how it impacted pregnant women and those looking to become pregnant.

“We waited to get a little more data, a little bit more information and just be more comfortable with the fact that we can resume and do it in a way that’s safe,” said Dr. Lavy.

When it reopened, it changed the way things are set up, both physically in the office, and how it manages patients across the country and around the world because traveling can be an issue.

“We want to make sure everyone is safe, the surrogates and the staff,” said Dr. Lavy.

Knowing that fertility is a highly emotional and difficult process, especially during a pandemic,  New England Fertility also works with a group of therapists at JSRC Group in Stamford to help patients as they focus on their end goal of a healthy child.

“We work with New England Fertility in the context of that, so we are always talking to people about where is your support coming from and the same thing I was saying before with the pandemic, how do you really shore up those relationships that you do have in your life to prepare you as you’re focused on this end goal,” said Jennifer Strom, co-owner of JSRC Group.

The goal is to get patients through their challenges and give them tools to cope with future challenges, as they arise both in their fertility treatments and just everyday life.

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