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South Korea triples baby payments in attempt to reverse fertility ‘calamity’

korea low fertility rate
  • To encourage more births, South Korea is paying every family with a newborn child a monthly allowance of 1 million won (approximately $745).
  • Handouts will begin next year, starting at 700,000 won (approximately $521) before rising to the full amount by 2024.
  • Once the child reaches its first birthday, the stipend will be reduced in half and continued for another year.
  • South Korea broke its own record for the world’s lowest fertility rate in 2021.
  • The expected number of babies per woman dropped from 0.84 to 0.81.

As South Korea continues to hold the record for the world’s lowest fertility rate, families with newborn babies will be given a monthly allowance of 1 million won (approximately $745) to encourage more births.

The budget proposal was unveiled this week as a part of a series of election campaign pledges made by President Yoon Suk-yeol. Under former President Moon Jae-in’s administration, a 300,000 won (approximately $223) stipend was given to each family with a newborn child during their first year. 

Video of elephant giving birth in Kenya reserve goes viral

Elephant Birth
  • A video of an elephant giving birth in snowy conditions went viral on Monday, garnering over 8.5 million views in a day.
  • The one-minute clip posted on Twitter was reportedly taken at the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya and shows an elephant rocking back and forth, pushing out the baby.
  • The video begins with the baby’s bottom already visible, poking out from the mother’s body.
  • As the female elephant swings back and forth, even raising her trunk in what appears to be an effort to push harder, the baby comes tumbling out, surrounded in its afterbirth.
  • The video concludes with a stampede of elephants coming to the mother and baby: the family unit is known to form a circle around the female as she gives birth, to protect her during labor.

On Monday, a video of an elephant giving birth in snowy conditions went viral, garnering over 8.5 million views in a day.

The one-minute clip posted on Twitter was reportedly taken at the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya and shows an elephant rocking back and forth as it pushes out the baby. 

Chinese man presents wife steel plaque for giving birth to their daughter but gets birth date wrong

husband gifts plaque for daughter's birth
  • To celebrate the birth of their daughter, a husband in China gifted his wife with a humorous stainless steel plaque.
  • The plaque was made ahead of time and lists their daughter’s birth as August 2022 although she was born on July 31.
  • The couple have a romantic tradition of gifting plaques on special dates and anniversaries.

A husband in China has gone viral for commemorating his daughter’s birth with a large stainless steel plaque, continuing a romantic tradition between the couple.

The plaque was gifted by the husband, surnamed Li, to his wife after she gave birth to their daughter. It reads, “Congratulations on having a baby girl! Giving birth to a child is awesome, Zhang Yingxiao! August 2022.”

China May Start Paying Couples to Have Children

The Chinese government is looking into the possibility of providing financial incentives to encourage couples to have more children as the country faces a shrinking workforce due to its one-child policy.

China’s National Health Commission reportedly organized experts to look at the possibility of reducing the cost of having children in the country as well as rewarding parents depending on the number of children they have, according to The Paper via South China Morning Post.

Viral Video Shows Woman in China Giving Birth on the Street While Out Shopping

The video of a Chinese woman giving birth to her baby on the street while out grocery shopping is now going viral on the country’s social media.

The viral clip on Miaopai, China’s video sharing platform similar to YouTube, shows the unidentified woman in terrible pain as she stands beside the pedestrian walkway of a market place located in Yunfu in Guangdong Province, China.