Singapore's plan for a baby boom
23 January 2013 Last updated at 01:59 GMT
The government in Singapore is to spend S$2bn ($1.6bn; £1bn) in an effort to reverse the country's declining birth rate.
The money will pay for new measures such as priority access to public housing and help with medical bills.
But for many people, the lifelong cost of raising a family and the impact of it on their careers are too high a price to pay.
The BBC's Sharanjit Leyl reports.