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We are proud to share that the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) has named Kindbody #1 in its annual 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies ranking, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. Dr. Natalia Grob, Reproductive Endocrinologist at Kindbody Denver will accept the award at a ceremony on May 16 in Colorado Spring, CO. 

Our Founder and Executive Chairman  joined Forbes to share the news: How Kindbody's Gina Bartasi Is Chasing The $84 Billion Business Opportunity In Family-Building

“The business leaders recognized on this year’s 50 Fastest are at the forefront of dynamic, fast moving industries. Their growth, geographic reach and performance is impressive and deserving of celebration,” said Thelma Ferguson, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Vice Chair of Commercial Banking for JPMorgan Chase. “We are proud to join the WPO in honoring these individuals and helping them access networks and resources to support their continued success.” 

“We continue to be impressed with the way today’s leaders navigate challenges and steer their businesses toward success, all while building innovative products and company cultures,” said Camille Burns, CEO of Women Presidents Organization. “It is an honor to hear these women’s stories and we look forward to celebrating their many accomplishments at this year’s WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum.”

As part of the application process for the ranking, business leaders report on their growth journey and share their business outlook for the year ahead. Notable responses include:

  • Eye on Growth: They are focused on continuing business growth and plan to invest in new technologies and innovations to support those efforts. For many, this also includes potential expansion into new markets.
  • Investing in Culture & People: They are also planning to invest in marketing and advertising strategies, as well as people and talent development – a particular focus for those who continue to operate in remote or hybrid models.

The full list of honorees is available here.

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We were honored to share the main stage with Walmart at the Business Group on Health 2024 Annual Conference alongside Embold Health and AiRCare health for a panel about driving health care through innovation. Walmart’s Vice President, Physical and Emotional Wellbeing, Lisa Woods, and Dr. Fahimeh Sasan, Kindbody’s Founding Physician and Chief Innovation Officer, shared three learnings that have come from Kindbody’s partnership with Walmart as its Center of Excellence for fertility and family-building care.

Access is paramount. Where you live determines the quality of your healthcare, which is why when delivering an equitable healthcare benefit access is paramount. Lisa Woods discussed the impact of Walmart’s partnership with Kindbody which brought a state-of-the art fertility clinic and lab to Northwest Arkansas. Lisa noted that associates previously drove up to five hours for their care. Additionally, Kindbody’s telemedicine program provided by board-certified physicians, delivers care to associates in every corner of the country. The combination of virtual and in-person support has helped Walmart identify and eliminate health inequities among its workforce. 

Never stop innovating. Companies like Walmart are increasingly partnering with benefits solutions that serve their workforce with reproductive healthcare across all life stages. Arkansas has the largest maternity mortality rate in the U.S. with 50% of its counties having no access to maternity care. Which is why, two years into its partnership, Walmart partnered with Kindbody to grow its benefits program to include doula support. When it comes to supporting your employees, it’s important to consistently create, evaluate, and grow your benefits program, and work with a vendor partner that has the ability to innovate with you. 

Healthcare should always be human. Dr. Fahimeh Sasan emphasized the importance of delivering quality healthcare  that is human, noting that one-on-one engagement with a physician who listens and responds is becoming a novelty in the healthcare system. When choosing a healthcare benefits provider, whether mental health, fertility, or primary care, it's important a vendor do more than check off a box. Employers should take a look under the hood to ensure quality of care and patient experience. To drive meaningful impacts on care, comprehensive fertility care can’t stop with virtual support. While there will continue to be an important place for virtual care in fertility journeys, especially related to education, employers like Walmart realize that fertility benefit vendors that have more oversight over all steps along the way, including in-person care, will see the most significant improvements in employee outcomes and experiences. 

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Public Invited to Interactive Week-Long Educational Series Led by Kindbody Physicians

NEW YORK, April 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ – Kindbody, the leading national fertility clinic network and global family-building benefits provider for employers, today announced the launch of its Infertility Unfiltered series. A week-long educational series led by Kindbody physicians, Infertility Unfiltered will raise awareness and break down the myths of infertility, and shine a light on the steps people can take to successfully navigate the disease on their path to parenthood. Infertility Unfiltered will be open to all and take place during National Infertility Awareness Week® April 21 - 27, 2024 on kindbody.com/niaw.

Infertility is widespread, more common than diseases like cancer or diabetes. One in six people are affected by infertility worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Kindbody’s Infertility Unfiltered series will open the door to Kindbody’s world-class physicians to everyone who wishes to decode the symptoms and understand the science behind infertility and the steps they can take for family building.

Since opening its first clinic in 2019, Kindbody has treated thousands of patients – supporting them throughout their fertility journey and efforts to become parents. Today Kindbody has 34 signature clinics throughout the U.S. in Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. 

“As doctors who treat infertility patients everyday, we witness firsthand the profound impact infertility can have on individuals and couples. Education is not only crucial, it's empowering,” said Dr. Angie Beltsos, Chief Executive Physician at Kindbody. “Infertility Unfiltered was created to help patients understand the complexity of fertility challenges, foster informed decision-making, provide hope, and pave the way for people who wish to become parents.”

National Infertility Awareness Week is a movement, founded in 1989 by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “Since 1974, RESOLVE has remained committed to ensuring that anyone who struggles to grow their family has access to the information they need to make informed decisions and access the family-building option of their choice,” said Barbara Collura, President and CEO for RESOLVE.  “The ability to build your family should not be determined by how you get your healthcare coverage or where you live.”

Kindbody’s National Infertility Awareness Week Infertility Unfiltered programming includes:

Infertility Unfiltered: Chronic Conditions with Dr. Roohi Jeelani

Monday, April 22nd at 1:30 p.m. ET

Chronic conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and fibroids are some of the leading causes of infertility in those assigned female at birth. Dr. Jeelani will share the key signs and symptoms of these conditions, how they can be treated, and recommended fertility treatments.

Infertility Unfiltered: Age and Fertility with Dr. Angie Beltsos

Tuesday, April 23rd at 1:30 p.m. ET

Age is the most important indicator of fertility and therefore one of the main barriers to conceiving at home. Dr. Beltsos will dive deeper into why age impacts fertility, what steps can be taken to preserve fertility, and how to leverage genetic testing to improve outcomes.

Infertility Unfiltered: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss with Dr. Kristin Bendikson

Wednesday, April 24th at 1:30 p.m. ET

Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) can be caused by a variety of factors like uterine abnormalities, thyroid conditions, genetic conditions, and more. It can be one of the more emotionally taxing barriers to becoming pregnant. Dr. Bendikson will break down the causes of RPL and how it can be treated. 

Infertility Unfiltered: Equity and Ensuring Access to Care with Dr. Fahimeh Sasan

Thursday, April 25th at 1:30 p.m. ET

Fertility care is essential healthcare and barriers exist beyond clinical diagnoses that keep people from getting equitable family-building support. Kindbody’s Founding Physician, Dr. Sasan, breaks down how Kindbody works to ensure fertility care is accessible to everyone who wants or needs it. 

Infertility Unfiltered: Male Factor with Dr. Matthew Pollard

Friday, April 26th at 1:30 p.m. ET

Half of all infertility cases are caused by male factors. Dr. Pollard, Kindbody’s Reproductive Urologist, will cover the most common causes of male factor infertility and how they can be treated.

To schedule an appointment with Kindbody, visit kindbody.com/book. Employers who wish to learn more about how Kindbody delivers the best patient experience and outcomes while reducing healthcare costs can contact solutions@kindbody.com.

About Kindbody

Kindbody is the leading national fertility clinic network and global family-building benefits provider for employers offering the full spectrum of reproductive care from preconception to postpartum through menopause. Kindbody is the trusted fertility benefits provider for 121 leading employers, covering 3.1 million lives. Many thousands more receive their fertility care directly from Kindbody throughout the country at signature clinics, mobile clinics, and partner clinics. As the fertility benefits provider, technology platform, and direct provider of care, Kindbody delivers a seamless, integrated experience with superior health outcomes at lower cost, making fertility care more affordable and accessible for all. Kindbody has raised $315 million in debt and equity funding from leading investors including Perceptive Advisors, JP Morgan Chase’s Morgan Health, GV (formerly Google Ventures), RRE Ventures, Claritas Health Ventures, Rock Springs Capital, Distributed Ventures, Whatif Ventures and TQ Ventures. Visit www.kindbody.com. and follow us on Instagram, X, and Linkedin.

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Introduction to the Michigan Family Protection Act

April 2024 marks a significant milestone in Michigan's journey toward modernizing family-building and reproductive assistance, with the enactment of the Michigan Family Protection Act by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. This groundbreaking legislation heralds a transformative period for individuals and couples eager to fulfill their dreams of starting a family through surrogacy and in vitro fertilization (IVF). By repealing the longstanding ban, the Michigan Family Protection Act eliminates criminal penalties for compensated gestational surrogacy contracts, introducing a more inclusive, supportive, and equitable framework for family planning. This change empowers families, their healthcare providers, and their trusted networks, moving decision-making away from restrictive legislation and into the hands of those most directly involved in the journey to parenthood.

Background: The Michigan Surrogate Parenting Act of 1988

For years, the Michigan Surrogate Parenting Act of 1988, a relic of the past triggered by the Doe v. Kelley case, placed Michigan at a stark contrast to the rest of the nation. It deemed compensated gestational surrogacy contracts unenforceable, creating hurdles for Intended Parents (IPs) and gestational carriers (GCs) alike. This law rendered the recruitment of gestational carriers within Michigan challenging for reputable programs and complicated life for those in Michigan wishing to build their families through surrogacy.

What is surrogacy? Learn more here.

The Impact on Families and Gestational Surrogates in Michigan

The legislative update is a beacon of hope for intended parents and the altruistic women in Michigan who wish to carry for others. It acknowledges and legitimizes their journey towards parenthood, offering them the support and resources they need to navigate this life-changing process.
Furthermore, this act significantly benefits the surrogacy landscape in Michigan by ensuring that surrogates are provided with the security they deserve. The previous legal constraints that shadowed the surrogacy process in Michigan are now lifted, allowing for a smoother, more secure journey for all parties involved.

Resources and Support for Prospective Surrogates

For those considering becoming a surrogate, or if you're curious about the qualifications involved, we invite you to explore our resources for more information:

As we move forward into this new chapter of family building in Michigan, Kindbody remains committed to supporting, educating, and empowering our community every step of the way.

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This week we had the incredible opportunity to attend The Conference Board Employee Healthcare Conference in beautiful San Diego. The event brought leading employers and benefits executives to discuss the latest trends and innovations in employee healthcare.

Our Founding Physician, Dr. Fahimeh Sasan, was joined on stage by Kindbody employer clients’, Emily Gulino of Princeton University and Sara Richards of Redbull, to discuss the importance of offering reproductive healthcare benefits that cover all life stages.

Here are some highlights from the event:

  • The workforce has never been more diverse and their reproductive health and family-building needs more broad. A comprehensive program should cover: a range of ages, varying conditions, all gender identities, heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, single parents and they should be geographically distributed.
  • Red Bull was able to reinvest the savings from their Kindbody benefit to make their fertility benefits go farther for their employees, giving them more options for family building.
  • Princeton shared that in order for fertility benefits to be truly equitable across your entire employee population, they should cover donor services.
  • Menopause support has emerged as one of the must have benefits programs among employers. Red Bull offers menopause support through Kindbody.
  • Employers don’t want another virtual care navigator or digital app to manage fertility care, which is one of the most important and often expensive treatments for employees. They want a hybrid solution of both virtual and in-person care.

Next stop: The Conference Board in New York. We hope to see you there!

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Leading Fertility Clinic Network and Global Family-Building Benefits Provider Bolsters Leadership Team with New Scientific, Revenue, and Operational Roles to Support Growth

NEW YORK, March 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ – Kindbody, the leading national fertility clinic network and global family-building benefits provider for employers, today announced it expanded its executive team with the appointment of six executives with expertise in building successful healthcare companies and accelerating teams to the next stage of growth. The company is opening four additional markets in 2024 with clinics in Charlotte, Miami, Newport Beach, and San Diego. Today Kindbody is the largest women-founded, women-led fertility company serving employers and consumers.

Since its founding in late 2018, Kindbody has revolutionized the fertility landscape in the United States and positioned itself as the category leader for world-class affordable and accessible fertility and family-building care. Kindbody’s model is unique in that it is the only family-building benefits provider for employers that is also in the provision of care serving patients in its 35 state-of-the-art fertility clinics nationwide. The company saves employers 25%-30% by contracting with them directly to provide comprehensive virtual and in-person care to their employees. As the direct provider of care, Kindbody is uniquely positioned to decrease cost, improve the patient experience, and deliver industry leading health outcomes. 

Kindbody has grown significantly over the past two years. The company has nearly doubled its employer client roster and today covers 3.1 million lives, a 4x increase over the same time period in 2022. Kindbody has experienced a 75% increase in new patient visits since 2022. 

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of six accomplished executives to our team, each bringing a wealth of experience and strategic vision to the table,” said Annbeth Eschbach, CEO of Kindbody. 

“These new appointments and roles ensure we have the right leadership and dedicated resources in place to meet employer and patient demand and take our company to the next level of growth.”

The newly appointed executives will play integral roles in shaping Kindbody’s strategic direction and driving operational excellence across the organization. They include:

  • Gina Bruzzichesi has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Company’s first in its five year history. Gina has a deep leadership background in human resources and has held senior operational roles at Aspen Dental Management, where she served as COO, as well as CLEAR, WeWork, and Avis. Earlier in her career Gina served as an employment attorney.
  • Scott Bruckner was appointed last summer as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) bringing extensive experience in M&A, initial public offerings, and public and private equity and debt financings. Scott was most recently CFO at Fluid Truck, and before served as CFO at Casa Systems, where he led the technology company’s IPO.
  • Haleigh Tebben joins Kindbody as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), bringing 25 years of experience in employer benefits, consulting, and healthcare to the role. She most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer at Brightline, and before served as CRO at Collective Health. Haleigh was also a partner at Mercer, where she led the California Health and Benefits business. 
  • Tim Springer joins Kindbody as Chief Compliance Officer, the Company’s first in its history. 

Prior to Kindbody, he led healthcare ethics and compliance programs at One Medical, and financial services global anti-fraud programs at MetLife and John Hancock.

  • Jason Barritt, PhD and High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD), has been appointed Chief Scientific Officer. Prior to Kindbody, he served more than ten years as Chief Scientific Officer and Lab Director at Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC) in Beverly Hills, CA, and before that he served 10 years as Lab Director at RMA of New York in Manhattan, which was recently acquired by US Fertility.
  • Matt Slepian serves as Kindbody’s Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), the Company’s first in its history. He joins the company with more than 25 years of finance and accounting experience. Most recently he was CAO at Casa Systems.

Kindbody owns and operates 35 signature clinics throughout the U.S. in Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. To schedule an appointment, visit kindbody.com/book. Employers who wish to learn more about how Kindbody delivers the best patient experience and outcomes while reducing healthcare costs can contact solutions@kindbody.com.

About Kindbody

Kindbody is the leading national fertility clinic network and global family-building benefits provider for employers offering the full spectrum of reproductive care from preconception to postpartum through menopause. Kindbody is the trusted fertility benefits provider for 121 leading employers, covering 3.1 million lives. Many thousands more receive their fertility care directly from Kindbody throughout the country at signature clinics, mobile clinics, and partner clinics. As the fertility benefits provider, technology platform, and direct provider of care, Kindbody delivers a seamless, integrated experience with superior health outcomes at lower cost, making fertility care more affordable and accessible for all. Kindbody has raised $315 million in debt and equity funding from leading investors including Perceptive Advisors, JP Morgan Chase’s Morgan Health, GV (formerly Google Ventures), RRE Ventures, Claritas Health Ventures, Rock Springs Capital, Distributed Ventures, Whatif Ventures and TQ Ventures. Visit www.kindbody.com. and follow us on Instagram, X, and Linkedin.

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We are proud to share that the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) has named Kindbody #1 in its annual 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies ranking, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. Dr. Natalia Grob, Reproductive Endocrinologist at Kindbody Denver will accept the award at a ceremony on May 16 in Colorado Spring, CO. 

Our Founder and Executive Chairman  joined Forbes to share the news: How Kindbody's Gina Bartasi Is Chasing The $84 Billion Business Opportunity In Family-Building

“The business leaders recognized on this year’s 50 Fastest are at the forefront of dynamic, fast moving industries. Their growth, geographic reach and performance is impressive and deserving of celebration,” said Thelma Ferguson, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Vice Chair of Commercial Banking for JPMorgan Chase. “We are proud to join the WPO in honoring these individuals and helping them access networks and resources to support their continued success.” 

“We continue to be impressed with the way today’s leaders navigate challenges and steer their businesses toward success, all while building innovative products and company cultures,” said Camille Burns, CEO of Women Presidents Organization. “It is an honor to hear these women’s stories and we look forward to celebrating their many accomplishments at this year’s WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum.”

As part of the application process for the ranking, business leaders report on their growth journey and share their business outlook for the year ahead. Notable responses include:

  • Eye on Growth: They are focused on continuing business growth and plan to invest in new technologies and innovations to support those efforts. For many, this also includes potential expansion into new markets.
  • Investing in Culture & People: They are also planning to invest in marketing and advertising strategies, as well as people and talent development – a particular focus for those who continue to operate in remote or hybrid models.

The full list of honorees is available here.

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