Facebook and Apple Will Pay for Employees’ Egg Freezing

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Google might have nap pods and all the free peanut M&Ms, but Apple and Facebook are now the first major Silicon Valley companies to pay for female employees’ egg-freezing procedures.

NBC News reports that both Apple and Facebook will offer coverage of egg freezing, which runs at least $10,000, plus a $500 to $800 annual storage fee. While Facebook lists the coverage under a “surrogacy benefit” and Apple under their “fertility benefit,” both companies cover up to $20,000 for the procedure for nonmedical reasons.  

The news inspires some mixed feelings. Are Apple and Facebook taking a positive step toward attracting and accommodating female employees? Or is the “perk” of postponing motherhood just another way of suggesting that families and careers are incompatible?

Facebook and Apple Will Pay for Egg Freezing