Health

China allows couples to have three children as birthrate falls

China will allow couples to have three children after a census showed its population is rapidly ageing, state media said Monday, further unwinding four decades of strict family planning controls in the world's most populous ...

Health

China birth rate hits lowest level since 1949

China's birth rate dropped last year to its lowest level since the Communist country was founded in 1949, adding to concerns that an ageing society and shrinking workforce will pile pressure on a slowing economy.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Earth's population could shrink in a few decades

"As women become better educated and gain access to birth control, they don't want to have as many children," says Professor Chris Murray, head of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) in the United States.

Health

Chinese parents-to-be seek more fertile ground abroad

The easing of China's one-child policy was a godsend to Zhang Yinzhe and his wife Xu Mengsha, who had decided they wanted to use in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to freeze an embryo in the hope of one day having a second child.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Chinese woman gave birth to twins at 60

A Chinese woman had twin girls at the age of 60 following IVF treatment after her only child died, making her possibly the oldest person in the country to give birth, state media reported Tuesday.