** Read the latest PLS blog on COVID-19 and your journey.**
May 12, 2020
To our treasured PLS Surrogates & Intended Parents –
As an agency that assists in matching and coordinating surrogacy journeys, we are particularly sensitive to the current situation in the United States and around the world related to the Corona Virus and COVID-19. Private Label Surrogacy pledges to support you in being as informed as possible about any significant findings and our dedicated team is here to help answer any questions that arise. All members of our team have fully transitioned to working remotely; we remain fully operational and available to you, as are our partners, with virtual services and telemedicine. As many of our clients and clinics are located in other states and around the world, Private Label Surrogacy has extensive experience in operating effectively and pragmatically on virtual terms. We will continue to be available outside of routine business hours, should you need additional flexibility to schedule time to meet, consult, and answer your questions.
Know that we are here to support you through your journey and this unprecedented situation.
PLS is in constant communication with literally hundreds of fertility professionals and the leading medical experts in our field as we continue to follow the latest updates and recommendations. The Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS.org) has been holding weekly industry meetings with the American Bar Association (ABA-Attorney Association) in a concerted effort to stay informed on any new medical developments and how to best work with our clients and surrogates as medical services and travel resume. Positively, there is no current evidence of vertical transmission from pregnant women to fetuses during pregnancy. In addition, there are dozens of pharmaceutical companies intently working on a vaccine for COVID-19, with signs of good news to come as clinical trials are underway. Early data also shows that COVID-19 displays less ability to mutate than similar viruses, such as influenzas, meaning that highly effective treatments to prevent and treat are especially promising. We are committed to staying apprised of new information and to keep you well-informed as circumstances develop.
You and your health are our top priority!
We are advising all parties to consult with their physicians for specifics on protocols – whether you are about to start a cycle, have a transfer scheduled, or are awaiting another next step in your journey. Each fertility center has its own set of guidelines, and as the situation is changing daily, they may shift quickly. Fertility centers have been hard-at-work to streamline new socially-distanced protocols in preparation to welcome patients back. As you begin to restart your journey, PLS advises clients to follow instructions from state and local health departments, as well as recommended travel restrictions and stay-at-home advisories.
The following is pertinent and up-to-date information about the virus. We encourage you to view the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) websites for the most current information at these links:
Pregnant women should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection such as: washing hands often, refraining from large crowds, and avoiding people who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness.
At a time when some might be taking a break, we are increasing our efforts to make matches with our clients. PLS is actively engaging surrogates and has started a meaningful referral program for qualified surrogates.
The Private Label Surrogacy staff is tremendously fortunate to behold the miracle of family-building through surrogacy on a daily basis, but it is in times such as this that we find ourselves truly humbled by the courage and sacrifice of the women who partner with us as gestational surrogates. From all of us at PLS and on behalf of our intended parents, Thank You for safeguarding yourselves and your own families during this challenge, as well as the future family you are entrusted with.
We are here for you and we remain confident that together, we WILL get through this!
With our gratitude –
The Private Label Surrogacy Team
Nancy – Nancy@privatelabelsurrogacy.com
Kristi – Kristi@privatelabelsurrogacy.com
Melissa – Melissa@privatelabelsurrogacy.com
Julie – Julie@privatelabelsurrogacy.com