- By the late 1990s, Chris Hamlet, 34, a senior GIS (geographic information systems) administrator at Exceptional Software Strategies, and his wife Debra, 36, a registered nurse, had completed their family: Son Brandon was born in 1995 and daughter Megan in 1997.
Brandon had Down syndrome, and then at age 3 he began experiencing seizures. Roughly a year later, the little boy was diagnosed with Batten disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder for which there is no cure. Both parents, it turned out, are carriers for Batten. Not wanting to pass the disease on to any more children, Chris Hamlet had a vasectomy shortly after his daughter’s birth. (She is neither ill nor a carrier for the disease.) READ MORE»
- In 2006, Deutsche Bank drastically beefed up its family-friendly benefits in response to an internal analysis that revealed low retention rates of women after pregnancy.
Under the enhanced benefits package, primary caregiver leave has risen from 12 to a lavish 16 weeks for both birth and adoptive moms, while new mothers may now ease back to work over an eight-week period after maternity leave. At the same time, DB doubled its infertility benefit to $30,000. The strategy paid off. READ MORE»
- When Christine Barton was growing up in a small town in Texas, she didn’t have any role models of successful high-achieving women who were having it all—high-powered career, marriage, and children.
The world opened up to Christine after she graduated from the University of Texas, won a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford (England), and then went on to an Ivy League law school (Yale University). “I never expected to have this kind of life,” she confesses. The Boston Consulting Group recruited her when she finished law school, and the 38-year-old is now a partner and managing director in Texas for the firm. READ MORE»
- A few months after they married in 1989, then 29-year-old Nancy Ferrari and her husband Greg Gallagher, then 27, tried to start a family. Seven years of grueling treatments for unexplained infertility followed: Clomid, two IUIs, four IVF cycles, two GIFT (gamete intrafallopian transfer) cycles, four miscarriages.
Exhausted, the couple took a seven-year break from treatment. Then in 2005, when she was 45, Nancy discovered she was pregnant again. But at seven weeks she miscarried for the fifth time. READ MORE»
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