Q: What does Kindbody’s commitment to LGBTQ+ patients look like? How has that been reflected over the past year during the pandemic, both inside clinics and through virtual care?
A: Kindbody’s mission is to empower all people with information and access to comprehensive reproductive health care needs. This includes routine gynecologic care as well as the entire scope of fertility care from learning more about fertility, to IUI (intrauterine insemination), IVF (in-vitro fertilization), or surrogacy. One of the most important features of Kindbody is that we have created a place for our patients to learn about their options and paths to parenthood. This starts with fertility assessments which include blood work to check hormone levels, ultrasounds to assess pelvic anatomy, and semen analysis, as well as a comprehensive review of medical history and organization of individualized next steps.
Our dedication to LGBTQ+ community is depicted through our virtual sessions outlining paths to parenthood but maybe even more importantly by utilizing Kindbody’s platform to share the personal stories of our diverse LGBTQ+ patient community so that everyone can hear a story that resonates with their own story.
Q: As a physician, what does inclusivity mean to you when it comes to fertility and family building?
A: As an obstetrician and a mother I have dedicated my life and career to helping men and women realize and achieve the family of their dreams. It is imperative that we understand that the perfect family looks uniquely different and that we as providers owe it to our patients to fully support their aspirations whether they choose to not have children ever, become a single parent by choice, use donor egg or sperm, achieve a pregnancy with a partner, or use a surrogate. At Kindbody Inclusivity is creating a safe and open environment for dialogue, information, and options. It is imperative that the broaden the conversations about reproductive health and bring this important topic into the open. The more we talk about LGBTQ+ family building, miscarriages, menses and all the aspects of reproductive health the less scary and taboo these topics become.
Q: How has this past year impacted our clinics and the patients we care for?
A: The past year has certainly presented many challenges for the world as it relates to the pandemic as well as racial tensions in our country. At Kindbody we maintained a steadfast dedication to empower with education and improve access to reproductive health needs including gynecology, fertility, family building, and wellness. With specific attention on taking care of the patient as a whole including mental health and nutrition. Kindbody was also able to easily seamlessly offer virtual appointments for our patients, which was essential in the height of the pandemic.
In addition and in support of the African American community, Kindbody also sponsored a Grant for Fertility for Colored Girls in the spring of 2020, this incredible grant helps black, minority and underprivileged individuals access fertility and family-building services.
Q: In your opinion: how is Kindbody positioned to amplify delivery, equality, and inclusion?
A: As the founding physician of Kindbody, I know that at the very core of our mission and vision as a company is to improve access to reproductive health, fertility, and family building for all. I am delighted to see these values shine in everything we do, from our social media presence that personifies our dedication to diversity, inclusion and equity, to our diverse BIPOC team of experts that work in our clinics, and most importantly the variety of incredible people we have the privilege of caring for as our patients – which include people of all races, colors, and sexualities. The most essential part of what Kindbody offers is education, information, and empowerment with options all under the same roof with the right provider, at the right time, for the right care.