Birth Tourism Brings Russian Baby Boom to Miami - NBC New York
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Birth Tourism Brings Russian Baby Boom to Miami

In Moscow, it's a status symbol to have a Miami-born baby

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Birth Tourism Brings Russian Baby Boom to Miami
    James Leynse/Corbis via Getty
    File - Construction of a new high-rise tower on the beach at Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

    Some 15 million tourists visit Miami every year, but for a growing number of Russian women the draw isn't sunny beaches or pulsing nightclubs. It's U.S. citizenship for their newborns.

    In Moscow, it's a status symbol to have a Miami-born baby, and social media is full of Russian women boasting of their little americantsy, NBC News reported.

    "It's really common," said Ekaterina Kuznetsova, 29. "When I was taking the plane to come here, it was not only me. It was four or five women flying here."

    Kuznetsova was one of dozens of Russian birth tourists NBC News spoke to over the past four months about a round-trip journey that costs tens of thousands of dollars and takes them away from home for weeks or months.

    Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    [NATL] Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)