Since China’s Universal Two-Child Policy came into effect over two years ago, many families across the country have chosen to expand by raising a second son or daughter.
Residents in the city of Weifang, East China's Shandong Province, are no exception.
According to the statistics, there were 157,000 newborns in Weifang in 2017, with 113,000 being second children, accounting for 71.84 percent.
As a result, eight maternal and childcare service centers there have been built or expanded, with the newly built area reaching 473,000 square meters.
However, having a second child can be affected by many factors such as economic conditions or whether there are grandparents to help to take care of the young child.
Meanwhile, there are many advantages to giving birth to a second child, according to commentators.
On the one hand, the children will have company and can help and learn from each other as they grow up. On the other hand, the cost for raising a second child is lower than the first as clothes and toys can be reused.
Moreover, the Universal Two-Child Policy has brought changes to modern society.
Firstly, the policy has stimulated the development of industries such as pregnancy and infant services, photography, education and real estate.
Secondly, women wanting a second child are usually in their 30s or 40s, with rich work experience. Their maternity leave will affect human resource allocation in their workplaces.
Several measures will be taken this year in Weifang to provide better services for mothers and children.
For example, officials will fully implement the Mother-Infant Safety Action Plan to ensure the safety of women and newborns.
Officials in Weifang will also carry out a review of maternal and child health institutions to improve the service quality, according to officials.
(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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