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Birth Tourism Brings Russian Baby Boom to Miami

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

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    Birth Tourism Brings Russian Baby Boom to Miami
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    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.

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