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AMEX.Blog

American Express Increases Employee Benefits to Include Infertility Treatments

American Express announced this week that starting January 1st, their parental leave and infertility treatment benefits will be drastically changing for the better for their employees. The company previously had caps on their health plan for infertility benefits and a short parental leave only for employees who gave birth. However, with their new plan both male and female employees will receive up to 20 weeks of fully paid parental leave following giving birth, adopting, or having a child through Surrogacy. Additionally, the company will be giving their employees up to $35,000 for adoption or Surrogacy; plus an additional $35,000 for any infertility treatments.

Kevin Cox, the Chief Human Resources Officer for American Express stated that this new policy would allow American Express to more completely support their employees’ being parents. He went on to say that:

“Clearly, it’s not getting any easier to juggle personal and professional [responsibilities],” Cox told Fortune. He also says there’s “a diversity dimension at play,” as the new policy could appeal to female and LGBTQ workers in particular.

American Express is only one of the major companies that are changing their parental leave policies to include both male and female employees. These new policies will only make it easier on men and women alike to have a highly skilled job while also having a family.

For more information on American Express’ new benefits go to Fortune’s article.


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ThisTimeNextYearBlog

Baby Joy Through Surrogacy

The British TV show, ‘This Time Next Year,’ focuses on inspirational aspects of every day people’s lives. Recently, the show focused on couple, Kathryn Mallory and Chris Chapman, who were struggling to complete their family after using IVF to conceive their first child.

Kathryn successfully beat cancer as a child and after conceiving their first child, doctors told Kathryn that she would not be able to carry another. Luckily, Kathryn and her husband met Janine Gregory who agreed to be their Surrogate mother and even ended up donating her own eggs to help the couple conceive their second child.

On the show, Kathryn and Chris revealed that a year after they first came onto the show they were now parents to a second daughter, Ella. Fans of the show took to Twitter to express their awe of Janine and how she helped the couple. Some fans even expressed their desire to become Surrogate’s themselves.

It’s always wonderful to see another family becoming complete with the help of Surrogacy.


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Woman Gives Birth to Grandson

Being a Surrogate does not always mean that you are carrying a baby for a stranger; instead you could be a Surrogate for your own child. This was the case with Megan Barker, who on October 22nd gave birth to her own grandson. Barker, who is 48 years old, gave birth to a healthy baby boy for her daughter, Maddie Coleman, and her son-in-law.

Barker said, in the article on Fox News, that she has known since Coleman was 14 years old that she would carry her daughter’s child if Coleman wanted her to. After all, when Coleman was 14 she was diagnosed with a disorder that would keep her from carrying her own child.

Of the healthy baby boy, both Barker and Coleman said:

“I’m just so fortunate I was able to provide the opportunity,” Barker, 48, says. “It’s the greatest gift.” Coleman feels exactly the same way: “I am forever grateful for this gift.”

This is another amazing story of how third party reproduction is helping families around the world. Congratulations to both of these women.