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  • Top of the Morning: China Abandons One-Child Policy

    Plus, would you like your office to offer this new maternity perk? (Clue: it involves shopping!)
  • 1. China ends one-child policy

    Chinese couples are now allowed two kids. After 35 years of imposing the one-child-per-family rule, the Chinese government now wants more kids as a response to their aging population. The announcement came after a four-day Communist Party Summit in Beijing that also discussed financial reforms to maintain economy growth. Human rights activist have been against the one-child policy rule with some reports of pregnant women being forced to have an abortion. While this news is well-received, it's still unclear how the Chinese government will implement the new two-child policy. (reuters.com)

    2. Startup company provides unique maternity perk
    Domo, a business management platform provider that's based in Utah, is giving pregnant moms $2,000 to buy maternity clothes. This is in addition to a $1,000 baby bonus for its new-parent employees. The maternity shopping benefit comes in the form of a gift card to Nordstrom, A Pea In the Pod, and online retailer Asos. The idea for the benefit started when its CEO became pregnant and realized the challenge expectant mothers' face in dressing their baby bumps professionally. The company’s parental leave package gives new moms one month leave at full pay and six weeks of leave at two-thirds pay; new dads get two weeks off at full pay. (fortune.com)

    3. Get your kids to bed early
    What time your kids go to bed may have more of an impact on their life than getting enough sleep. A new study by researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of New England found that children who are early to bed, those who are asleep before 8:30 p.m., have better health0related quality of life compared to kids who go to sleep late. Plus, mothers of early-to-bed kids also have improved mental health. The study was presented at the Sleep DownUnder 2015 Conference. (ajp.com.au)


    4. Recall Alert! Sanofi epinephrine injectors
    The drug company is recalling hundred-thousands of epinephrine injectors because they contain incorrect dosages. Sanofi has already received 26 reports of malfunctioning injectors, but no deaths, thankfully. The life-saving device is a first-line treatment for allergic reactions caused by insect bites, certain foods, medicines, and other substances. The recall includes around 490,000 packs of Auvi-Q; one pack contains two injectors, and will be replaced by the company.

    5. Quezon City passes Mental Health Care Ordinance
    The Community Based Mental Health Program of 2015 was approved in October 19. The new law aims to uphold Quezon City residents' right to mental health and encourage mental health awareness among the public. Children and adolescents are also included in its goal of better mental health management. The city will allot 7,498,850 from the Quezon City Health Department's budget to implement this ordinance. The only other cities that have passed a mental health ordinance are Bacolod and General Santos City. (gmanetwork.com)

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