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Facebook, Apple: Egg Freezing Free for All Female Employees

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In this May 2014 file photo frozen egg cells are displayed at Medisch Centrum Kinderwens (MCK) Fertility Centre in Leiden, The Netherlands. (Lex Van Lieshout/EPA/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 12:39 PM

Egg freezing services are now free for all of Facebook and Apple's female employees, with the technology giants footing the bills in an effort to remain competitive for top talent.

Spokespeople for the companies told NBC News that Facebook's program is up and running, while Apple's will launch in January.

Many say the $10,000 for every egg harvest and $500 or more annually for storage is a small price to pay for attracting and retaining female employees in Silicon Valley, which has been widely criticized in recent years for having a lack of women and minorities. Both companies will cover total costs up to $20,000.

The new move into freezing extends the companies' commitment to ameliorating stressors surrounding the maternity and paternity of its employees, and empowering them with options. Facebook has long given new parents $4,000 in "baby cash" to be used for clothing, diapers, and incidentals, and egg freezing adds one more perk for would-be parents.

According to The Atlantic, "the companies' inclusion of egg-freezing as a health benefit may certainly be part of the Valley's notorious perks arms race, you could also read it as a sign that egg-freezing has reached a kind of cultural normalcy."

The publication pointed out that in 2008, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine said the procedure was considered "experimental" and cautioned that it "should only be offered in that context."

Just four years later, however, in 2012, it lifted the "experimental" designation, and said sufficient evidence had emerged to "demonstrate acceptable success rates in young highly selected populations."

"The attitude toward egg freezing is very different," said Christy Jones, founder of Extend Fertility, a company offering egg freezing across the country.

She and other freezing promoters say that the procedure should be considered a type of insurance; some women may still conceive the traditional way, while others will come back to thaw and use their frozen eggs. Either way, the procedure gives them options.



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