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苹果和FB将为员工报销冷冻卵子费用

2014-10-15    来源:Business Insider    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

苹果和FB将为员工报销冷冻卵子费用
Apple And Facebook Are Paying Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

硅谷两大科技巨头苹果和Facebook将向女员工提供一项改变游戏规则的福利,为她们出钱冷冻卵子。

两公司的发言人均证实了这一消息,Facebook最近已开始提供这一福利,苹果则将于明年1月开始。这两家公司可能是美国大企业当中首批为并非出于医疗原因冷冻卵子的女员工支付这一费用的。

Apple and Facebook will pay female employees up to $US20,000 to help cover the cost of freezing their eggs.

The idea is to enable women who want to continue focusing on their careers without sacrificing their chance to have children later on.

NBC News reports that Facebook recently began its program and that Apple will start paying employees who want to freeze their eggs in January.

Known as oocyte cryopreservation, egg freezing is a process by which a woman extracts and stores her eggs so that they can be reinserted into her uterus at a later date, allowing her to have children during a time when she might otherwise be infertile.

Scientific advancements have made the process increasingly successful in recent years, with a 2006 study finding that fertility rates using frozen eggs were comparable to those achieved using fresh ones.

Most women go through menopause in their late 40s or early 50s, and according to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention data, one-third of couples where the woman is 35 or older have fertility problems.

The time period during which women approach declining fertility is seen as prime work years for women hoping to advance in their careers, and many professional women consider the process a means of hitting pause on their desire to have a family.

According to a Businessweek cover story on the topic, a 2013 NYU study found that out of 183 women who froze their eggs, 19% said they might have had children earlier if their employer was more flexible.

Given Silicon Valley's noted lack of women in power positions, offering employees money for this costly procedure -- it's $US10,000 for every round of frozen eggs and an additional $US500 annually for storage -- could help lure top female talent.

NBC reports that Facebook and Apple are the first major employers to offer egg freezing coverage for non-medical reasons.



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