Mom’s Russian, Baby’s an American citizen.
Birth tourism in the Garden State: Investigative reporter Lilo Stainton of NJSpotlight broke the story and tells us about it.
At Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in northern New Jersey they have a program that they call AmeriMama. The program has been aggressively advertised to pregnant women in Russia as a healthy way to give birth that, for fees that can top $25,000, also gives your child American citizenship papers, a passport, and travel visas as part of an all-inclusive AmeriMama package. Birth tourism in the Garden State: Investigative reporter Lilo Stainton of NJSpotlite broke the story and tells us about it.
Do you like to pick up rocks, to see what’s underneath them, or turn ‘em over just to examine the other side? Me, too. Curiosity may kill the cat, but it’s the one essential quality for reporting.
Our guest today, Lilo Stainton Health Care Correspondent for NJ Spotlight, — NJ being, of course, New Jersey –, Lifted a rock called the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, and with her colleagues Andrew Kitchenman and Colleen O’Dea, found enough questionable activities going on to keep State legislative and regulatory investigators busy for awhile.
Lilo’s story starts with a program called AmeriMama, offered, indeed aggressively advertised to pregnant women in Russia, by Meadowlands Hospital. In an important way, AmeriMama is a new wrinkle on a suddenly growing niche industry called “birth tourism.”
The attractions are first-quality medical care for Mom and immediate access to American citizenship for the Baby. AmeriMama’s new wrinkle is the scope of its service, — packaging obstetrics and citizenship papers, with temporary residential placement and guided shopping tours, all for one fee.
Lilo Stainton is the Health Care Correspondent for the news site NJSpotlight.com.