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Li Yan, left, pregnant with her second child, lies on a bed as her daughter places her hand on her stomach in Hefei, China, on Feb. 20. Li gave birth to a baby boy on Feb. 23, after Li's family became the first to receive a birth permit to have a second child in the Anhui province earlier this month, local media reported.

The Chinese government said late last year it would allow millions of families to have two children, with a relaxation of its one-child policy, if one of the parents was an only child.

Li Yan watches her newborn baby at a hospital in Hefei, China, on Feb. 23.CHINA DAILY / Reuters