TAIPEI, TAIWAN - More than 60 percent of the mothers of young children would refuse to give birth to another baby because of the hardships involved with raising a child, a survey revealed yesterday.
The Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF) published a survey regarding the current situation of mothers with toddlers, in which most moms were found pressured by problems including high expenses of rearing a child, insufficient child-care facilities and lack of institutions offering temporary child care.
Over 50 percent of the mothers said they were forced to wake up at midnight to look after their babies, and up to 60 percent confessed to being burdened with costs of child rearing, the survey showed.
Over half of the moms need temporary child-care services when they cannot care for their children.
Faced with mental stress and financial burden, one out of every five mothers feels unhappy, according to the survey.
Despite the childbirth subsidy provided by the government, less than 40 percent of the mothers would deliver another child.
As Taiwan has the world's lowest birth rate, the CWLF also urged the government to include establishing various child-care services in its birth-boosting program.
The government could set up temporary nursery services at available facilities of local activity centers or primary schools.
The survey further discovered that less than one percent of the women who have two children plan to have one more addition to the family, while only slightly more than half of mothers who have a single child would like to have a second child.
More than 50 percent of the surveyed mothers reported they reared their children on their own, with 30 percent leaving their children in the care of relatives and about 10 percent hiring baby-sitters.
-The China Post/Asia News Network