NEWS ABOUT COVID-19
Dear Madam, Sir,
As of 06-04-2021, the Netherlands has been designated as a high-risk area with regard to COVID-19.
The ´Bundesgesundheitsministerium` has now confirmed the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, that travelers from the Netherlands can cross the border without a valid negative COVID-19-test, in order to take a test in Germany free of charge. This however only applies for individuals, who are free of signs/symptoms. The test result is valid for 48 hours. The state of NRW has informed the German border municipalities. Please use this opportunity before your appointment in our clinic. We will send you a document, prior to your appointment, stating the reason for your travel/visit as well as the confirmation that your appointment cannot be postponed.
You must be in possession of a valid proof of identity (passport or ID card) when traveling to Germany. There is no digital entry registration requirement if you are staying in Germany for less than 24 hours.
We are currently receiving many questions about vaccination against COVID-19 during the pre-conception period, fertility treatment, pregnancy and childbirth. Always consult your GP for individual questions in this regard. However, we also refer to the positions of the RIVM, the RKI and the NVOG. For the time being, there seems to be no objection to vaccination in the pre-conception period, fertility treatment and breastfeeding. Future studies should definitively confirm the safety.
Healthy pregnant women are advised not to receive routine vaccinations against COVID-19. An exception to this are women with an underlying serious illness, as well as women with a profession where exposure to SARS-CoV-2 occurs (such as health care professionals).
Regardless of the vaccination status, the regular precautions (washing hands, disinfection, wearing a mouth mask) will continue unabated for this group.
You can gladly visit our clinic. Please adhere to the general/current Corona-guidelines/-advice from the Government, the RKI and the RIVM. If you have typical signs or symptoms, you must seek medical assistance, and inform us you might be Corona positive. We are also happy to receive the results of your Corona test carried out. This may be necessary for later report to the responsible ´Gesundheitsamt´.
There are currently no indications of a different course with regard to the Corona virus (COVID-19) for pregnant women than for non-pregnant women. With regard to patients who have been into contact with Corona-virus infected persons, the decision must be made to discontinue the ongoing stimulation or treatment, in order to not expose our patients, team and staff to increased risks. The decision can be made to stop performing embryo transfers, and to freeze and store your eggs and/or embryo´s. Research data of pregnant patients in the third trimester report mild, flu-like symptoms. Nevertheless, the virus could not be found in any of their new-borns. However, pregnant women remain a risk group with regard to respiratory problems.
About 50% of regular healthcare in Europe has hardly been able to continue in recent months, because of the effects of the coronavirus, also because patients have also postponed their planned appointments/treatments. This has created a large reservoir of healthcare demand. For non-acute treatments (which also includes fertility treatments) the reservoir is even larger than in other fields. As a result, the waiting time for an appointment and/or treatment is currently probably longer than you may be used to. We understand, and notice, that this can be frustrating. You can rest assured that you don't have to wait longer than necessary, but kindly ask for your understanding regarding the available capacity. In doing so, we do justice to the time you need, and the time that your practitioner must have available for this. This is the only way we can stay healthy together!
When using public transportation, or visiting a shop in Germany, wearing a facemask is mandatory and will be maintained. Within our centre we keep to the prescribed minimum distance of 1.5 meters. If this cannot be guaranteed (for example during an examination), the staff will wear a facemask for protection. You may also be provided with a facemask. Furthermore, we kindly ask you to enter our centre only if you are under treatment. Please do not bring children or other accompanying persons into our centre. If you yourself have signs or symptoms of a cold, sore throat, cough and/or fever, we moreover urgently ask you to not visit our centre. We do realize that in these uncertain times, choices will not always be pleasant for you or for us, but we put your and our health first. Moreover, we have to follow and abide current legislation and regulations in Germany.
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The treatment of couples seeking fertility treatment is a task with huge responsibility, requiring a high level of expertise and experience. We are therefore delighted to be able to introduce
Ms. Dr. med. Fariba Biazar
as a new member in our team from April 1st, 2021. Dr. Biazar is an experienced gynecologist with subspecialities in reproductive medicine and gynecological endocrinology. We wish her a warm welcome!
We have the possibility of planning intakes/consultations with Dr. Michael Scholtes, within and outside the regular office hours through video conferencing. Hence, you do not need to travel to our centre. Appointments will be planned through our back office after consulting with Dr. Scholtes. Dr. Scholtes is widely known, home and abroad, as an expert in the field of reproductive medicine, and we are very delighted to have the chance to continue the successful cooperation!
Following an amendment to the guidelines of the 'Ärztekammer Nordrhein' the treatment of lesbian couples is allowed. A warm welcome to you!
The ´deutsche Gewebegesetz´ stipulates that only laboratories with a certification according to §20b AMG are allowed to analyse serological parameters (e.g. hepatitis B, C and HIV) in the context of fertility treatment (incl. IUI) and cryopreservation of cells. The blood samples must be taken within three months prior to the first cell/tissue collection. With favourable results, the results are valid up to a maximum of 24 months, after which a new blood test is necessary (TPGGewV). Unfortunately, results from foreign (i.e. non-German) laboratories are not accepted according to German law, which means that in such cases a new blood test within Germany is required.
Kinderwunschzentrum Heinsberger Höfe GbR
Drs. Willem-Jan S.S. Cuypers
Drs. Nerissa B.E. Cuypers
Fachärzte für Frauenheilkunde und Geburtshilfe
Schwerpunkt gynäkologische Endokrinologie und Reproduktionsmedizin
Dr. Ralf Böhm