German Mothers Target 2007 for Birth

Most women ready to give birth want to get it over with as soon as possible. In Germany, expectant mothers are trying to push back labor to qualify for a new benefit. Germany's birth rate has hit a low. So the government is offering more than $30,000 worth of benefits beginning in 2007. Doctors warn against intervening in nature, even as hospitals prepare for a "siege" of babies come New Year's Day.

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Most women ready to give birth want to get it over with as soon as possible. In Germany, expectant mothers are trying to push back labor to qualify for a new benefit. Germany's birthrate has hit a low, so it's offering more than $30,000 worth of benefits beginning on January 1, 2007. And doctors warn against intervening in nature even as hospitals prepare for an abundance of babies come New Year's Day.

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