Apple and Facebook pay to freeze eggs for female staff

Apple and Facebook pay to freeze eggs for female staff

Apple and Facebook hope to improve attraction and retention of top female talent by offering to pay for them to have their eggs frozen.

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Comments (16)

  • Anon
    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 1:43pm BST
    Shocking! What a misogynistic approach to diversity: "we don't want to support you whilst you're having a child so we'll pay to ensure you don't have a family and delay all your plans whilst working with us..."
  • Adrian
    Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:09pm BST
    Speaking from personal experience and having read more comments from contributors, I have to agree strongly with the risks involved in the freezing and unfreezing process. There is no guarantee as to the initial quality of the eggs, or that unfreezing will work effectively. In most cases it will, but in those where it doesn't will these same companies entertain claims for compensation? Very risk strategy in my view and sad that women are being encouraged by an employer to consider it. There is also the age of being a parent to consider AND how long you can expect to live. Assuming some of these employees have a child in their early mid 40's, you might not be alive to see your child's 40th birthday at current mortality rates. Is that what you want? I was devastated at losing my parents at age 50, so I want to be around for my kids for as long as humanly possible.
  • kailywong
    Thu, 16 Oct 2014 9:11am BST
    As someone who had to go through fertility treatment because of 'unexplained' infertility I believe this is a very bad idea for women. It gives a false sense of security that somehow 'freezing' your eggs just means you get to say when you want a baby down the road years later and it isn't as simple as that.

    I personally have gone through treatments that have very low success percentages (I was one of the lucky 25% however). More specifically, my husband and I didn't even have to consider 'freezing' anything and the percentages were low with 'fresh' eggs. I can't even imagine how much lower the percentages get when you add the element of 'freezing' and 'thawing' eggs. This is just a bad idea all around.

    You're telling women they can delay having a family - tricking their biological clock - but what happens when they 'thaw' it all out and it doesn't work because the quality has been degraded through the process. Who is responsible when it all falls apart?

    Its a great idea as long as women are fully informed of the risks and the low percentage of success rates. It's a stressful and scary experience and not something you would want to make even more difficult!
  • Donna
    Thu, 16 Oct 2014 3:54am BST
    While I can see both sides to this debate, it's still a catch 22. If the younger woman opts to postpone having children, this will benefit the employer, for sure - but her, not so much. When she does decide to do so and she's older, is the company prepared to continue having her in their employee (now needing to do the typical mommy stuff - in addition to her career?) My guess would be - no! They will then find a younger version of her to do the same with while she faces finding another job with not just the "mommy" stigma but also the age one as well!
  • Amanda
    Wed, 15 Oct 2014 2:25pm BST
    I am completely shocked at what I have just read. As a female in my late 20s, by no means would this make a potential ore attractive to me. Linking this offering to the lack of female talent in the industry is a disguise - this does not address the issue at all but instead highlights the fact that there is still so much inequality in the workplace. Less of a focus needs to be encouraging females to delay having children and instead employers should be readily supporting those that are working mothers through offering adequate childcare facilities and flexible working hours (without scrutiny might I add) and so forth.

    It would be interesting to know how many female employees were involved in this ludicrous decision making process?

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