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Kindbody Opens First Fertility Clinic in OC

Kindbody, a fertility clinic network, opened its first location in Orange County last month.

A grand opening was held on June 5 for the Newport Beach clinic, which counts 6,000 square feet.

Kindbody has serviced patients in Newport Beach out of its “mobile fertility bus” since early 2023, but now has a full-time location for OC residents with the opening of the clinic.
“The only other clinic was in Los Angeles, so we wanted to save the commute for people in Orange County,” Reproductive Endocrinologist Lauren Sundheimer told the Business Journal.

The opening is a sign of the increasing demand for fertility clinics in Orange County.
Kindbody, headquartered in New York, counts 35 total locations in the U.S., including the Newport Beach location.

More than 75,000 residents in the Southern California area are covered by Kindbody through their employers, according to the company.


There is colorful art on the walls and piano music playing throughout the clinic.
“A lot of the times with women’s health you can have that white coat syndrome,” Sundheimer said during a tour of the facility.

“Patients often come in for multiple visits, so we want them to feel comfortable and not dread having to be here.”

The clinic has three consultation rooms, two blood draw rooms and four examination rooms.

It offers services for family planning such as egg freezing and surrogacy.

A new feature that wasn’t included in the mobile clinic is a lab for in vitro fertilization (IVF), a procedure where an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body.

“We’ve been very intentional with having everything in-house to prevent our patients from having to have multiple appointments in multiple different clinics,” Sundheimer said.

Kindbody also has a Kindman team that focuses on male fertility. The clinic’s male fertility specialist urologists help with services like infertility testing and reversing vasectomies.
The clinic has had over 100 people book appointments leading up to opening day, Sundheimer said.

“Now that we have a fully-fledged space, we’re happy to be seeing patients,” she said.

Birth Trends

Sundheimer said she’s seen an uptick in people looking to freeze their eggs or embryos due to recent trends of people choosing to have children later in life.

The average age of first-time mothers who give birth in the U.S. is 27 years old, a record high for the nation, according to a 2024 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“They’re focusing on their careers, education and traveling—whatever it may be,” Sundheimer said.

Age is an “important factor” for fertility, according to Sundheimer.

“Waiting later in life, it does get harder to get pregnant, so there’s people who potentially have age-related struggles,” she said.

Younger people may also come into fertility clinics because they struggle with issues like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome, which increase the risk of complications during pregnancy or birth.

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Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung joined the Orange County Business Journal in 2021 as their Marketing Creative Director. In her role she creates all visual content as it relates to the marketing needs for the sales and events teams. Her responsibilities include the creation of marketing materials for six annual corporate events, weekly print advertisements, sales flyers in correspondence to the editorial calendar, social media graphics, PowerPoint presentation decks, e-blasts, and maintains the online presence for Orange County Business Journal’s corporate events.

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