Amazon extends family-building benefits to 50 countries

More than 1 million workers given access to 'personalized care' for services such as egg freezing, IVF, adoption and surrogacy

Amazon extends family-building benefits to 50 countries

More than one million employees of Amazon will now have access to a variety of family-building benefits after the e-commerce giant expanded the perks to staff around the world.

Employees will have free virtual access to board-certified OB-GYNs, reproductive endocrinologists (fertility doctors), coaches, and other care providers to support fertility.

They will also receive support for preconception, egg freezing, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, adoption, and surrogacy.

"Our benefits are designed to care for all our employees' needs, and that means ensuring they have the resources they need to live their best lives, regardless of their personal circumstances," said Lian Neeman, global director of benefits at Amazon, in a media release.

Who is eligible for the benefits?

Eligible employees include full time, part time, and hourly, as well as their partners, from 50 countries around the world including:

  • Asia-Pacific: Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru
  • Middle East and Africa: Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

The benefits will be provided through Maven Clinic, with its care advocates to guide Amazon employees in family building and providing referrals to high-quality clinics and agencies.

"Maven is an employee-friendly benefit that takes the guesswork out of the family-building process, which can often be confusing and overwhelming," Neeman said. "Maven's approach to fertility and family-building supports our employees around the world and is tailored to each person."

Kate Ryder, founder and CEO of Maven Clinic, said they are delighted to support Amazon employees around the world in planning and growing their families.

"There are too many barriers to care in healthcare systems that were not built around the needs of women and families, and Amazon is cutting through that complexity by making it exceptionally easy for their employees to access high-quality, personalized care in their own language at any hour of the day or night," Ryder said in a media release.

Amazon's family-building benefits started in the United States in 2019 before they were expanded early this year to Canada.

The e-commerce giant now joins other organisations such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan that are extending fertility benefits to employees.