Edwards Lifesciences Named 2020 Champion for Babies & Families Awardee by MOMS Orange County

Friday, March 13, 2020

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Greater Irvine Chamber Leaders Circle memberEdwards Lifesciences has been named MOMS Orange County’s 2020 Champion for Babies & Families Awardee. The Champion for Babies & Families Award celebrates an Orange County employer that creates a working environment exceptionally supportive of expecting parent and new parent employees.

“Edwards Lifesciences is a shining star in terms of the way it supports its employees who are new parents,” said Dave Lugo, interim CEO, MOMS Orange County. “Through meaningful and generous benefits, the company clearly helps its employees during this incredibly important time in their lives.”

Picture of Leah Gaffney, Dave Lugo II, Christine McCauley, and Amanda Fowler standing shoulder to shoulder, smiling, and holding a bronze award.

Edwards has long provided benefits specific to new and expectant parents. As part of the employee benefits package, Edwards offers adoption and surrogacy reimbursement in addition to varied support services through its contracted health plans – from covering in-vitro fertilization treatments, to consultation and maternal support services. Edwards also contracts with a vendor to support parents in finding caregiving services when needed and they administer accounts for pre-tax dependent care savings.

In just this past year, Edwards made new investments to support expectant employees and employees who are new parents, in addition to expanding a general focus on employee health and well-being.

Edwards began a partnership in 2018 with FedEx to ship breast milk from nursing mothers while they are away on business travel. They’ve also created 12 new privacy rooms throughout the campus that allow nursing mothers a quiet space to pump breast milk. At the beginning of this year, they also rolled out an enhanced parental leave program for 12 weeks of paid leave for parents of a child through birth, adoption, or foster care placement. Finally, they have most recently made a new contracted service available that provides 21-month, around-the-clock support for pregnancy, post-partum, and early pediatrics consultations. 

MOMS Orange County formed more than 27 years ago in response to a crisis in access to prenatal healthcare for low-income, at-risk women. Today, MOMS Orange County serves more than 2,500 low-income families annually, directly influencing improvements in birth outcomes, maternal health, and developmental indicators among infants within a highly disadvantaged population. To learn more about MOMS Orange County, visit MomsOrangeCounty.org.

Pictured from left to right: Leah Gaffney, senior R&D engineer, Edwards Lifesciences/MOMS Orange County Junior Board Member; Dave Lugo II, MOMS Orange County Interim CEO; Christine McCauley, corporate vice president, Human Resources, Edwards Lifesciences; and Amanda Fowler, senior director, Global Corporate Giving, Edwards Lifesciences.

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