The Chinese authorities and medical personnel anticipate a significant increase in births during the lunar year of the Dragon, which is expected to bring opportunities, changes, and challenges. This increase is due to policies implemented by Beijing to support fertility and procreation, as well as the belief that children born in the Year of the Dragon will have success and luck throughout their lives.
Hospitals across China are providing timetables and tips to educate couples on when to conceive to have a ‘baby dragon.’ In 2012, the previous year of the Dragon, there was a significant baby boom despite China’s population shrinking in 2023. Zhai Zhenwu, adviser to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, believes that there is hope for a higher fertility rate due to the “very clear” astrological preferences involving the Dragon.
It is anticipated that in 2024, there will be a notable increase in birth rates compared to 2023. This is due in part to policies implemented by Beijing to support fertility and procreation, but also because many couples bet on having ‘dragon children.’ The Dragon is considered the luckiest and most auspicious zodiac sign, and it is believed that children born in the Year of the Dragon will have success and luck throughout their lives.
IVF or cesarean sections are popular options among couples who want their children to be born in the year of the Dragon or ask doctors to delay birth until then. A study from 2019 showed that those born during this time were more likely to score higher on college entrance exams and have a college education due to extra time and money invested in these children. Despite these efforts, it remains difficult to predict exactly how much birth rates will increase.