The city of Seoul secured KRW 100 million in special subsidies for the Support Project for Men and Women for Healthy Childbirth, which shifted the paradigm of the women-focused pregnancy support system to one that is both men-and women-focused, as it received an Excellence Award for being a good policy to address the low birth rate. Seoul will expand the ChildbirthSupport Project for Men and Women from 12 autonomous districts in 2018, to all autonomous districts by 2020, and reinforce the support for infertility to initiatively build the model of “public service for infertility-pregnancy-childbirth.”
The project is a new pregnancy-support public service that helps healthy child delivery by proactively detecting and controlling high risks in conception through a process of conducting medical examinations for men and women beforehand. Since 2017, Seoul has operated the pilot program together with the Korean Society of Maternal and Child Care in four districts. As the necessity for the program and satisfaction of the participants were high, the city expanded the operation of the program to 12 districts by 2018. The program is scheduled to be operated in all 25 districts by 2019.
Seoul has developed and applied a standard manual for the prompt settlement of the project and offered a one-stop service by constructing the Seoul’s Pregnancy & Delivery Information Center (web and mobile) for the first time. The city has intensified the promotion through various advertising channels by using familiar cases experienced by the program’s participants in order to improve awareness surrounding healthy pregnancies.
The Seoul’s Pregnancy & Delivery Information Center (https://seoul-agi.seoul.go.kr/smom) was established in May 2018 so that more residents can participate in the program by applying online, without being required to visit a public healthcare center. In addition, the city constructed the platform with an integrated service in which users can find comprehensive information on pregnancy, child delivery, and infertility.