Steady fall in babies born to single mums despite some benefits


File photo showing a nurse checking on a newborn baby at a maternity ward in KK Women's and Children's Hospital.
File photo showing a nurse checking on a newborn baby at a maternity ward in KK Women's and Children's Hospital.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

The number of babies born out of wedlock has been falling steadily in the past decade, even after the Government started extending some pro-natal benefits to unwed mothers in the past few years.

Member of Parliament Louis Ng said this will allay concerns some may have that giving the benefits married women enjoy to single mums will lead to a rise in the number of unwed mothers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2018, with the headline 'Steady fall in babies born to single mums despite some benefits'. Print Edition | Subscribe