- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
For the first time ever, South Korea recorded more deaths than births, prompting calls for “fundamental changes” to its policies.
The East Asian country, which is home to 51.83 million people, has the world’s lowest birth rate.
An expectant mother from Thailand had to endure 33 hours of labor so she could give birth to her stillborn baby for research last month.
Singaporean Eugene Wee and his Thai wife Puu Kanokrat, both 37, were devastated after learning that the first child they were expecting would not be able to survive.
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.
A group of men in Jiaozuo, Henan Province, China tried to experience what it’s like to go through contractions during childbirth by using a labor pain simulator.
The video, published on Pear Video, shows a compilation of men strapped to a labor pain simulator as they try really hard to endure the pain of contractions at a clinic, Shanghaiist reported.
Children in Japan have decreased for the 37th consecutive year, undermining the country’s initiatives to handle its aging population.
According to new data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, there were 15.53 million children age 14 and below as of April 1, 2018 (7.95 million boys and 7.58 million girls). The figure is down by 170,000 from the previous year.
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.
An Indian airline has awarded free airline tickets for life to a baby who was born during a flight from Saudi Arabia to India.
The newborn’s mother was on board Jet Airways flight 9W 569 when she reportedly went into premature labor on the Boeing 737 on Sunday.
Despite ongoing crack downs, pregnant Chinese women continue to fly to the U.S. to ensure American citizenship for their babies.
For these mothers, the chance to give their children “better lives” outweighs the repercussions of getting caught.
China has the world’s most imbalanced sex ratio, the World Economic Forum has found.
In its Global Gender Gap Report for 2016, the organization saw China at the bottom of 144 countries for sex ratio at birth for the second consecutive year.