As the number of births decreased significantly in the second quarter of this year, the total fertility rate fell to 0.7 as of the second quarter, and the number of postpartum care centers in the Gyeonggi region has decreased by 16% over the past five years.
It is reported that as the birth rate continued to decline and business difficulties worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, business closures continued to occur.
According to Gyeonggi Province on the 7th, as of June this year, the number of postpartum care centers in the province was 144 in 24 cities and counties, including two public postpartum care centers.
Compared to last year, the number of public postpartum care centers increased by 1, and the number of private postpartum care centers decreased by 4, decreasing by a total of 3. Compared to June 2018, five years ago (25 cities and counties, 172 places), a whopping 28 places (16.3%) decreased.
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On the other hand, there are only two cities and counties where the number of postpartum care centers has increased: Paju (4 → 5 places), where a new city was built, and Hanam (1 → 4 places).
It was found that 7 out of 31 cities and counties in the province do not have a single postpartum care center.
The number of postpartum care centers has decreased, but fees have risen by more than 30% compared to five years ago. The average room fee (based on two weeks) at postpartum care centers in the province is 3.25 million won, an increase of 790,000 won (32%) compared to 2.46 million won in June 2018, five years ago.
The average usage fee by city and county was highest in that order: Paju 4.22 million won, Gimpo 3.84 million won, and Seongnam 3.69 million won. On the other hand, Pocheon and Yeoju public postpartum care centers cost 1.68 million won, which is relatively cheaper than private postpartum care centers.
The average price for a special room at a postpartum care center in the province was 4.29 million won, and the most expensive special room was found to be 17 million won at M Postpartum Care Center in Goyang City.
Meanwhile, the province plans to install two additional public postpartum care centers, which currently number two, in Anseong (2026) and Pyeongtaek (2025).
It is analyzed that the demand for postpartum care centers has decreased as the number of births has decreased significantly.
According to population trend data from Statistics Korea, the total fertility rate in the second quarter was 0.701, down 0.05 from the same period last year. It was slightly lower than the fourth quarter of last year (0.702 people), which also marked the lowest since the related statistics were compiled. As of the second quarter, the total fertility rate peaked in 2012 (1.26 people) and has continued to decline steadily since then.
Looking at the Gyeonggi region alone, the number of births in the first half of this year (January to June) was 36,153, a decrease of 2,631 (6.8%) compared to the same period last year.
Accordingly, Gyeonggi-do’s total fertility rate in the second quarter of this year was 0.75, the same as the fourth quarter of last year, but a decrease of 0.06 compared to the same period last year, the lowest ever.