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Chinese woman’s quest for successful childbirth despite 26 miscarriages sparks criticism

  • A Chinese mother who gave birth after 26 miscarriages faced online criticism after the hospital released her story.
  • Her 26th miscarriage occurred in 2019 when the mother was 34 years old.
  • The 37-year-old mother finally gave birth to a baby girl through a C-section this year.
  • The hospital released her story as a “dream to be a mother coming true,” stating that “we intended to focus on the efforts and skills of our medical workers.”
  • Weibo’s users were horrified by the obsession to have a child and the woman’s sacrifice.

A Chinese mother who gave birth after 26 miscarriages is facing online criticism after the hospital released her story.

With her most recent miscarriage occurring in 2019 at the age of 34, the woman gave birth to a baby girl through a C-section this year, according to a press release from the hospital. Although she had “lost hope” after her 26th miscarriage, the hospital’s surgical intervention allowed for a successful childbirth, reported South China Morning Post.

China’s birth rates plummet as more women choose to not have babies due to COVID-related factors

  • Demographers attribute China’s rapidly declining birth rate to the country’s strict COVID-19 restrictions, with some cities reporting double-digit drops.
  • Prominent Chinese demographer Yi Fuxian predicts COVID-19 will result in 1 million fewer births in 2021 and 2022 combined, with rates in 2023 forecasted to be even worse.
  • The city of Jiaozhou in the Shandong province reported a 26 percent drop in the first six months, while the city of Hukou in the Jiangxi province saw a steep 42 percent decline.
  • In a statement published on Aug. 1, China’s National Health Commission said, “China’s Total Fertility Rate (TSR) was lower than 1.3 in recent years,” showing a continued “decline” in “women’s willingness to have children.”
  • Using a United Nations data tool, if China’s declining birth rate from the first half of 2022 continues on the same trajectory, its total population could potentially be halved by the year 2100.

Demographers attribute China’s rapidly declining birth rate to the country’s strict COVID-19 restrictions, with some cities reporting double-digit drops.

The Chinese government’s strict zero-COVID policy has been controversial, with some claiming the communist regime’s efforts to maintain a COVID-free status as an overly ambitious and costly goal.  

South Korean Universities Now Have Dating Courses to Fight Low Birth Rates

Several universities in South Korea are now offering dating courses to tackle the decreasing birth and marriage rates in the country. Students who register in these courses would have to date their classmates as part of its curriculum.

Professors at Dongguk and Kyung Hee universities in Seoul will teach the students about dating, love, sex and relationships, according to The Telegraph. The educational institutions aim to help reverse the ever-growing trend of younger generations moving away from traditional family lives.