UPDATE: June 4, 2020 4:18 pm pst.
Most if not all IVF clinics are up and running and the State of California is easing restrictions. Most specifically, San Diego County, is opening up and life is starting to return to normal. Malls, restaurants etc are open. SAI is still operational and has never closed.
UPDATE: May 12, 2020 12:40 pm pst.
Dr. Smotrich joins us to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on surrogacy and IVF. As many IVF clinics have begun to open their doors Dr. Smotrich also discusses the care and safety measures he’s taking to make sure his patients have a safe experience.
UPDATE: March 31, 2020 3:40 pm pst.
As of this date we do know some clinics are open but operating on their own schedule. Everything is on a case by case basis with every clinic.
Please make sure to call your clinic.
UPDATE: March 27, 2020 12:05 am pst.
A Return to “Normalcy”?
After a week of organized chaos things are starting to level out in the world of surrogacy. The question was asked, “Will surrogacy survive?”. The entire country has taken a hit but surrogacy as long as its legal will always be. We have a mission and that’s to build families. Yes, we’re working from home but we all remain strong and positive because we still have surrogates and intended parents to serve. We have families to build. We love what we do and this global crisis will not stop us from building families. <3
There are several IVF clinics that are still operating. We’ll try to get a list of clinics in the upcoming days.
Attorneys are diligently working on the emergency Power Of Attorney’s for intended parents. If you’re an intended parent please contact your attorney to discuss the POA.
We’re currently accepting applications for surrogates and intended parents and we look forward to helping you navigate your journey.
Thank you and stay safe!
UPDATE: March 23, 2020 7:42 am pst.
Please check with your clinics since all clinics are operating on their own individual schedules. Some are closed and some remain open to make sure they handle procedures that are critical.
We remain “open” and we are still building families. Our staff continues to make our surrogates and intended parents their priority. Our staff is operating from home but can still be reached by phone and email during regular business hours.
We have been receiving questions if we’re still taking applications to become a surrogate or an intended parent and the answer is yes. We remain committed to helping you build your family and we remain committed to helping you create a family for someone. If you’re interested please stay on this website and follow the above menu to apply or send us an email at [email protected] . Thank you all for your continued support we hope you are all safe and doing well.
Here’s a health and wellness tip to assist you through these trying times…
Have a happy Monday and stay positive!
UPDATE: March 20, 2020 9:11 pm pst.
Still Building Families
Employees at SAI are still working from home and SAI is operational.
Some clinics are still moving forward with embryo transfers and other procedures and are following special guidelines.
If you need to contact us please call us at 619-397-0757 or by email [email protected] .
Have a wonderful day, stay healthy and stay positive!
UPDATE: March 19, 2020 8:11 pm pst.
The Governor of the State of California Issues “Stay At Home”
The Governor issued a “stay at home” order for all 40 million citizens of California. Citizens can still go to the grocery stores, hospitals, bank and pharmacies. Otherwise, citizens are required to stay home indefinitely.
We are currently monitoring the situation and will have more information tomorrow. Surrogates and Intended Parents please keep up your communication with your contact at SAI. Again, if you have any questions please email us at [email protected]
We’re still building families.
UPDATE: March 19, 2020 11:39 am pst.
COVID-19: Exclusive Agency Update
Listen to our management team discuss COVID-19 and how we’re adapting as an agency and still building families.
UPDATE: March 18, 2020 11:36 pm pst.
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
The following are FAQ’s regarding pregnancy and COVID-19.
As a pregnant woman, what is my risk of becoming very ill from COVID-19?
Given that this is a novel virus, little is known about its impact on pregnant women. At this point, because women have a weaker immune system during pregnancy experts think that pregnant women are just as likely, or possibly more likely, than the general public to develop symptoms if infected with the new coronavirus. Current information suggests symptoms are likely to be mild to moderate, as is true for women (and men) in this age range who are not pregnant.
If I am pregnant and have COVID-19, does this increase the risk of miscarriage or other complications?
There does not appear to be any increased risk of miscarriage or other complications such as fetal malformations for pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on data from other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that pregnant women who get COVID-19 may have a higher risk for some complications, such as preterm birth, but the data are extremely limited and the infection may not be the direct cause of preterm birth.
If I get sick from the new coronavirus, what is the risk of passing the virus onto my fetus or newborn?
A study of nine pregnant women who were infected with COVID-19 and had symptoms showed that none of their babies were affected by the virus. The virus was not present in amniotic fluid, the babies’ throats, or in breast milk. The risk of passing the infection to the fetus appears to be very low, and there is no evidence of any fetal malformations or effects due to maternal infection with COVID-19.
I tested positive for COVID-19. Can I breastfeed my baby?
Currently, there is no evidence of the virus in breast milk. Given that the virus is spread through respiratory droplets, mothers should wash their hands and consider wearing a face mask to minimize infants’ exposure to the virus.
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UPDATE: March 18, 2020 11 pm pst.
SAI COVID-19 PODCAST
Our CEO, Diana Olmeda and our Director of Operations, Vivian Wilborne have recorded a podcast regarding COVID-19 and SAI’s response. This is a great podcast and an interesting look at how we responded and what we’re doing to manage the situation from an agency perspective. Podcast will be up on March 19, 2020 on iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud. Links will be provided tomorrow.
UPDATE: March 16, 2020 5 pm pst.
MESSAGE FROM SAI.
We want to begin by assuring you that our top priority and that of our management team is the health and safety of our employees and surrogates. Surrogate Alternatives, Inc. is taking several measures of precaution to ensure we can continue to support our intended parents, surrogates and industry partners.
While we are focused first and foremost on staying healthy and safe, we also remain committed to maintaining business operations. To that end, we have put in place new internal policies and procedures that will allow us to continue to run SAI in a responsible manner while at the same time helping to mitigate the spread of the virus. Surrogate Alternatives, Inc. continues to follow the guidance from the California Department of Public Health for COVID-19 and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
In the meantime, we are suspending any unexpected office visits and are asking that you call our office at 619-397-0757 before coming over.
Some employees will be working from home and others working at SAI and all will be practicing social distancing as well as other protective measures outlined by the CDC.
As our company manages this issue it’s important to remember that our amazing surrogates and intended parents are relying on us to guide them through their journeys. While COVID-19 is an inconvenience in our lives SAI continues to and is committed to helping our intended parents and surrogates with the creation of their families.
For all prospective intended parents and surrogates, we are still building families and are still operating as normal. We’re committed as we have always been to building families and COVID-19 might present an unfortunate obstacle in our lives but it will not deter us from our mission.
Amid ongoing concerns, we will closely monitor the situation and evaluate additional measures to support our community as needs arise, and will continue to update this page as things change.
If you are an intended parent or surrogate and have any questions we recommend emailing or calling your support coordinator or whomever you’ve been working with at SAI. Should you need immediate assistance, we can be reached at 619-397-0757 or by email at [email protected] You can also add us on Instagram at @saiagency or Facebook at @saicorp (links above near menu) for further information.
Thank you and continued health and wellness.
Surrogate Alternatives, Inc.