7 Billion Humans | Empty Nests in the Aging Developed World: Russian Women Paid to Have 2nd or 3rd Child | Maternity Ward, Russia

Russian Women Paid to Have 2nd or 3rd Child | Maternity Ward, Russia

Galina Belaya, 23, has her baby at the Moscow Planning Center and Reproduction Maternity Home where about 8,000 babies, or about 20 per day, are born every year. This is the most of any maternity hospital in Russia. In 2009, 117,000 babies were delivered in all of Moscow and a total of 1,800,000 were born in Russia, which is only 27,000 more than deaths that year. Russia is basically at the replacement rate, but there are not as many parents so the state has instituted a number of incentive policies including free housing for immigrants and a one-time payment of over $10,000 for a woman to have either a second, third or fourth baby.

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