The statistics are staggering, approximately one in six couples are affected by infertility in the United States, that’s over 7 million people each year who have trouble conceiving. Roughly 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States of reproductive age have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And about 4 million births per year in the U.S., meaning 1 to 2 percent of all U.S. births annually are via IVF according to the CDC. So with astounding numbers like these, why are women still struggling to find support in the workplace when facing infertility and subsequent treatment?
Celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Chrissy Teigen and Kim Kardashian have shined a spotlight on female infertility, putting the shame of the subject to bed in many cases, but employers still haven’t completely caught up. Many women still see infertility as a private matter they need to suffer with in silence or risk being judged in the workplace. Employers, who often have sympathy and understanding for women going through cancer treatment, don’t have the same compassion for a woman who needs to take time off for infertility treatments, which statistics show can be even more stressful! Then there’s also the matter of cost, many employee-based insurance plans still don’t cover the high cost of treatment.
Fortunately, Kindbody is helping to change the way employers look at infertility and women’s healthcare in general. The groundbreaking company offers holistic care for women including wellness, gynecology, fertility preservation, LGBTQ+care as well as treatment for infertility. Kindbody Founder/CEO, Gina Bartasi’s vision makes women a priority by offering best-in-class health care with accessible pricing. She and her team also work with top corporations throughout the US to help them understand why putting women’s health first, including fertility health insurance benefits, leads to better recruitment and better employees. “We know how daunting navigating the healthcare system can be, especially for women,” says Bartasi. “This is why we’re on a mission to change the way we look at women’s healthcare. With signature Kindbody clinics and 200+ partner clinics, we are the provider, the technology, and the benefit solution. We serve employers and members as a comprehensive, women’s health, fertility and family-building solution. We are reinventing the delivery of care to be modern, tech-enabled, and accessible – for all.”
We’ve come a long way in shining a spotlight on women’s health and infertility treatments in the workplace, but there’s still a long way to go. Kindbody will continue leading the charge on this extremely important issue. For more information on our employer-based benefits visit https://kindbody.com/employer-benefits/.