Quiet Reflection: Missing Our Fertility Patients During COVID-19


A letter from RSC’s Clinical Operations Director Samantha Smith RN, BSN

doctor talking with fertility patients who are expecting | Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay AreaEarly mornings in the clinic are usually my favorite time of the day. When I come in early before the hustle and bustle of the day begins, I use the quiet time to organize my day and anticipate the usual volume we will have. I also use the time for quiet reflection. I think of you, our fertility patients during COVID-19.

I think of your journey. What you have already been through before you came to us. What we have already asked of you in terms of appointments, testing and finances. I think of where you will be a few months from now. I think of your frustrations, and can only hope that we can make all of your dreams a reality. We are still here for our patients during COVID-19.

We still think of our fertility patients during COVID-19

Since the shelter in place and the emergence of COVID-19, the clinic is so quiet every day, for much longer than the usual early morning time I am accustomed to.  We are open here in San Ramon and restarting with some limited cycles every day, only on a smaller scale.

As nurses, we want to support the health and welfare of our community by honoring orders for the greater good. We want to be here to support our patients’ continued journey in the safest way possible. But we also want to keep your health and safety at the very top of our list of priorities.

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As infertility nurses, we want to keep you moving on your path to parenthood – whatever that road looks like for you. We want to continue to answer your questions, share in your frustrations, help you get ready for your cycles, celebrate with you when you have success, or help support you when times are hard.

This is who we are and what we do. We miss the daily interactions with you face to face, not socially distanced, here in the clinic. It’s difficult, but necessary to keep us all safe and healthy.

Patients are our inspiration during COVID-19

We want you to know that we all look forward to the future when life will return to normal. I will be focusing on daily gratitude for things I am thankful for, and I encourage you to do the same. Finding the positive is a way for all of us to find some sunshine and happiness in our day – even if it is a beautiful blue sky or a newly emerging spring flower.  Just find something positive!

Today during my time reflecting in the morning, I thought about how very thankful I am for each and every one of our patients here at RSC. You are my daily source of inspiration and perseverance in spite of turbulent times. Thank you for being patient with the world as we continue to work toward restoring our lives. With that restoration, let’s try not to lose sight of the things we are grateful for every day.

We wish you safety and good health and look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon!

– Samantha Smith RN, BSN