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Falling birth rates in South Korea: Career comes first for many and prejudices don't help

Premium centres such as Repirium Postpartum Care Centre in Seoul, which offer hotel-style rooms, pampering spa services and babycare by former nurses, have grown in popularity as more mothers are willing to splurge on post-childbirth care since they
Premium centres such as Repirium Postpartum Care Centre in Seoul, which offer hotel-style rooms, pampering spa services and babycare by former nurses, have grown in popularity as more mothers are willing to splurge on post-childbirth care since they tend to stop at one child. ST PHOTO: CHANG MAY CHOON

Ms Lee Sung-hee imagines herself getting married in her mid-30s and becoming a Dink - an acronym for "double income, no kids".

"I will never have a kid. I don't want to sacrifice for the child. I think my own life is more important," said the 24-year-old job seeker. "I also told my boyfriend that I will not have a baby, so he should get pregnant himself if he wants one."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 09, 2019, with the headline 'Career comes first for many and prejudices don't help'. Print Edition | Subscribe