A senior health official has called on governments at all levels to help relieve the burden on families wanting to have a second child, such as increased expenses, maternity leave and a shortage of kindergartens.
"We will focus on problems that emerge as a result of the policy and work to solve them with other departments," she said, adding that the second-child policy has already yielded positive results.
Cui said 18.7 million babies were born in China last year, up by 11 percent on 2015, with 45 percent born to women who already had a child.
Over the same period, the maternal mortality rate fell from 201 per 1 million births to 199, according to data released by the commission last month, despite the fact half of the 90 million women who became eligible to have a second child are over 40－putting them at a higher risk of complications during pregnancy.
A report released in December by the All China Women's Federation and Beijing Normal University also called for more investment in public services to make having two children easier and more affordable.The biggest concerns were education resources, healthcare services, the environment and the financial burden.
Cui added that the commission has received a lot of advice from the National People's Congress, the top legislature, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the top advisory body, on implementation of the second-child policy, including measures to improve pediatric services, which gave 1,512 suggestions on various healthcare issues last year, including economic development, poverty alleviation and environmental protection proposals, Xi said.