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Photographs of Yulia Smirnova and her family at their home.  Yulia had her second child at the Moscow Planning Center and Reproduction Maternity Home. Yulia made the decision on a 2nd child based on the fact that she would get "mother's capital" and they could move out of the one room they share with their daughter in their mother-in-law's apartment.  Once she had the child she loved it so much she wondered why the money was the main motivation... because she was so happy to have the 2nd child..The maternity home delivers about 8000 children a year... about 20 a day or so... This is the most of any maternity hospital in Russia.  There are 117,000 delivered in 2009 in all of Moscow.  1,800,000 were born in Russia in 2009 which is 27,000 more than the deaths that year.  So Russia is basically at the replacement rate, but there are not as many breeders in the lineup moving forward... so the state has instituted a number of policies including free housing for immigrants and a one time payment of over $10,000 for a woman to have either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th baby.