Fall in babies born out of wedlock

Babies at KK Hospital.
Babies at KK Hospital. PHOTO: ST FILE

The number of children born out of wedlock to Singaporean mothers has been falling in the past decade, from 1,152 in 2006 to 863 last year - a 25 per cent decline.

Social workers say greater use of contraceptives has led to the fall.

The Government has extended some of the benefits enjoyed only by married mothers to unwed mothers, starting from Sept 1.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2016, with the headline 'Fall in babies born out of wedlock'. Print Edition | Subscribe