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Expectant mothers will get $1,000 a month for 18 months to spend as they wish
The pilot scheme aims to lower infant mortality rates and curb dropping fertility
Pregnant women in Philadelphia will be paid $1,000 a month as part of a trial program hoping to lower infant mortality rates in the city.
Starting next year, 250 expectant mothers will receive the no-strings-attached payments from their third month of pregnancy through their baby’s first birthday.
The pilot program, known as the Philly Joy Bank, will operate in the areas of the city with the highest rates of low birth weights — Cobbs Creek, Strawberry Mansion and Nicetown-Tioga.
The scheme also comes amid a baby bust across America that is seeing fewer women than ever having children, amid changing family values. …