Studies Shows an Increase in Birth Rate in the City
Recent studies revealed that the birth rate in Shenzhen have increased by 28 percent or 61,390 births in 2012. Eighty percent of these babies are first child born to parents which is 2 percent fewer than in 2011. Also 18 percent of the newborns are second child for family which is a 1.9 percent increase from 2011.
Health officials said that many of the young people in Shenzhen are in their child bearing age, so the number of newborns increased in the recent years. While some young people who are born as an only child is also preparing to give birth to their second child. During the Year of the Dragon last year saw a baby boom, a fortuitous year based on the Chinese zodiac which is thought to bring prosperity and wisdom to their families and newborns.
Furthermore last year saw 225,542 babies were born from non hukou families in Shenzhen which is slightly fewer than in 2011. Some say that the decrease was caused by the increasing cost of living in the city which led some of the migrant workers to go back to their hometowns to give birth because of this issues related to medical expenses, education and living expenses.