Spanish mums rush to claim baby cheque

Admissions for new births are up in Spain as mums rush to beat the end of the year deadline for "baby cheques" which are being cut due to the economic situation.

Hospital admissions for new births are up in Spain as mums rush to beat the end of the year deadline for "baby cheques" which are being cut due to the economic situation.

If they give birth before midnight on the 31st women can get €2,500 (£2,128) from the government. The "baby cheques" were introduced in 2007 to boost Spain’s low birth rate, but are being cut because of the bad economic situation in the country, reports El Pais.

The newspaper says hospitals are reporting a rise in pregnant women coming into hospital early saying they are about to give birth or asking to be induced and many who are having caesarean sections have reportedly asked for a date before the end of the year.

The Spanish birthrate is around 1.36 for every woman of childbearing years.





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