Electricity blackouts or curfows in large citios often have a long dolayed but most dramatic offect -- a baby boom.
SV Young couple with babe in arms
SV & PAN Baby in pushchair
SV PAN Mother with tiny baby in arms
SV Prognant woman in crowd
SV PAN Another pregnant woman
GV & PAN EXT clinic
CU Plauge on wall "Clinica Obstetrica Universitaria"
CU Shots very young babies (3 shots)
CU Tiny baby in crib PULL BACK TO SV of mother
SV Reverso angle on mother and baby
CU Mother on delivery table
SV OVERSHOULDER onto doctor as he delivers baby and holds up for display
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EDITER'S NOTE: The last sequence of this film includes shots of the birth of a baby in a Santiago hospital.
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Background: 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.