China to Expect 2 Million Babies to be Added as One Child Policy is Loosen
Health officials stated that due to the loosening of the country’s one child birth limit that will allow more couples to have another child result to the country to prepare for an estimated 2 million extra babies born every year. In 1980 the government introduced the birth limits in their effort to curb population growth and the demand for more water and other resources. Couples were only allowed one child and if they had another without permission they were subjected to fines and penalties.
Then in November the government announced that couples born to parents as an only child are now allowed to have a second child in some areas. Before both parents should be an only child to be able to qualify for the exemption. As several parts of China is facing a shortage of maternity beds, local authorities are told to build more health facilities for women and children and to add more maternity beds.
According to UNICEF, in 2013 China had 18.5 million births and is forecasted to increase by 11 percent for this year. The figure of 2 million additional births tops the forecast which is based on the lesser restrictive policy. Other say that the figure could be even lower due to more are accepting of smaller families in China. The policy has already been implemented in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Tianjin and in provinces of Jiangxi, Anhui, Zhejiang, Sichuan, Jiangsu and Guangdong.