To support couples in their decision to have more children, the Baby Bonus Scheme helps to lighten the financial costs of raising children. The scheme is part of the Marriage and Parenthood Package and was recently enhanced to better defray child-raising costs as announced in the National Day Rally 2015 and Budget 2016.
Working mothers can enjoy maternity leave under the GPML scheme. This will help provide sufficient time to recover from childbirth and care for newborns.
Working fathers can enjoy paternity leave under the GPPL scheme. This is to support and encourage shared parental responsibility.
In addition to the Government-Paid Paternity Leave scheme, working mothers have the option to share part of their maternity leave or adoption leave to their husbands under the Shared Parental Leave scheme.
Working parents can enjoy child care leave under the GPCL and ECL schemes. This will provide sufficient time for working parents to care for and spend quality time with their children.
The Government-Paid Maternity Benefit scheme supports working mothers who do not qualify for the Government-Paid Maternity Leave scheme, especially those under short-term employment periods.
Working adoptive mothers can enjoy adoption leave under the Adoption Leave scheme. This will provide sufficient time to care for and bond with the child.
As the initial years of caring for a child can be more demanding, working parents can enjoy Unpaid Infant Care Leave to have additional time to care for and bond with the child.
All Singapore Citizen newborns will receive a $4,000 grant. This will be deposited in their CPF MediSave accounts, which will be automatically created after birth registration.
All Singapore Citizen babies are automatically covered by MediShield Life from birth, including those with congenital and neonatal conditions, for life.