• Short Summary

    Electricity blackouts or curfows in large citios often have a long dolayed but most dramatic offect -- a baby boom.

  • Description

    Electricity blackouts or curfows in large citios often have a long dolayed but most dramatic offect -- a baby boom.

    And that is what is happening in Santiago, the Chilean capital right now -- an unexpected consequence of political unrest.

    First there were the months of strikes and unrest, petrel and public transport shortaged which culminated in the military overthrow of the regime of President Salvador Allende.

    Then on September 11th 1973 and the following day there was a total curfew on the streets. This gave way to a daily curfew from 6 p.m. in the evening until 5.30 a.m. The curfew now doesn't start until 1 a.m.

    Now maternity hospitals in Santiago are reporting a 25 per cent increase in the number of pregnant women coming for medical attention. and the birth rate had already started to rise before the curfew threatened to give it a dramatic boost.

    SYNOPSIS: In the Chile capital, Santiago -- babies, lots of them. And there's many more on the way.

    When a city has an electricity blackout -- or a time f unrest, this it seems is the long delayed -- and dramatic effect.

    And an even bigger baby bulge is predicted for Santiago -- an unexpected consequence of the downfall of the regime of President Salvador Allende.

    Maternity clinics note an increase of twenty five per cent of pregnant women coming to see them.

    The trouble was, a total curfew was imposed for two whole days.

    And this gave way to a daily curfew lasting from six in the evening until five thirty the following morning These babies however are the babies of the disrupted days and nights before last September's military coup.

    This mother is about to have her baby son.

    The clinics of Santiago are expecting to be very busy soon.

    And the month of May should be the busiest of all.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD01OAV74RDAZYYM6SZ84XXHJ6
    Media URN:
    VLVAD01OAV74RDAZYYM6SZ84XXHJ6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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