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First Yuezi Club Opens in Shanghai
    2007-02-26 11:24:33     CRIENGLISH.com
The first yuezi club offering care to mothers who have just given birth has just opened in Shanghai. With their astonishing prices, the services provided by the Taiwan-based club are attracting lots of attention in the city.

Our Shanghai correspondent Chen Simeng has the details.

Although not common in the West, yuezi, or one month of convalescence after childbirth, is very common for new mothers in China.

With the number of childbirths peaking since last year, it is no surprise that the demand for professional care for new mothers is growing in cities like Shanghai.

And the new Taiwan-owned yuezi club has attractted the most public attention among all such services.

Residents are all curious about what kind of services the new club can provide with prices ranging from around 200 US dollars to its most expensive at over 1,200 US dollars.

Eric Chang is the marketing manager for the club, called Shanghai Xiyue Health Management. He says the club aims to introduce a new concept of yuezi to people in the city and that the traditional way of doing yuezi is wrong.

"Traditionally and mistakenly, many people think all new mothers need is rest. But actually what they really need to do more is something to focus their attention. So we provide the experts to train them physically and mentally to help them become better prepared to be mothers. We've also designed a set of body exercises to help them recover and rebuild their figure."

Therefore, in addition to various medical equipment, one can find all of the body building facilities of a gym here, including tennis courts and even a small golf course.

According to Eric Chang, the club has already gotten some reservations, with its first new mother expected to arrive next month.

But, in a random survey conducted by CRI, most respondents said they wouldn't go and try.

"Personally, I wouldn't go there. I think in addition to physical care, family communication matters a lot during yuezi. If I had the money, I would rather employ one or two professionals to take care of me and my baby at home."
 
"The price is too high and I believe most people can't afford it."

Eric Chang says yuezi clubs are very popular in Taiwan, with over 200 such clubs already set up on the island. To attract more customers on the mainland, the company plans to open another club targeting middle class residents in the city within one or two years.

For China Drive, I'm Chen Simeng.
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