Bei­jing deal­ing with baby boom this year

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s sec­ond child pol­icy, an­nounced this year, has led to a baby boom with the cap­i­tal Bei­jing ex­pect­ing an­other 300,000 new-born babies by the end of 2016.

A direct con­se­quence of the pol­icy is a sharp in­crease in preg­nant moth­ers queu­ing up at hos­pi­tals, which is caus­ing hos­pi­tals to run short of ‘record slots’.

In China, ‘set­ting record’ is the main pro­ce­dure for ad­mit­ting preg­nant women, which is a method ob­stet­rics de­part­ments use to eval­u­ate their med­i­cal re­sources in or­der to de­cide how many preg­nant women they can ad­mit. ‘Set­ting record’ is thus a guar­an­tee of avail­able beds for prenatal ex­am­i­na­tion and de­liv­ery.

The Bei­jing Times re­ported that mul­ti­ple Bei­jing hos­pi­tals have an­nounced their ‘record slots’ have al­ready been filled up to April 2017.

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