Shanghai doesn’t need extra maternity ward beds to cope with a change to the one-child policy, Shanghai Daily quoted local health authorities as saying. Officials said they do not expect a new baby boom with the relaxation of family planning policies that would allow couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Currently, both parents must come from one-child families to qualify. The policy change was announced nationally last Friday, and Shanghai is expected to introduce it within a year once local regulations are amended.
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