In 1982, Norilsk set absolute birth rate record – 5534 babies
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In 1982, Norilsk set absolute birth rate record – 5534 babies

September 07, 2021

In the early 1980s, a government decree increased maternity leave and childcare leave from two months to three years. Moreover, those years were included in the employee tenure.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Simultaneously with measures to stimulate the birth rate, the government declared a fight against bachelors: single men paid a tax on childlessness. The country began to allocate more funds to medical institutions involved in the field of obstetrics.

In the early 1980s, sanitization was carried out in the building of the Norilsk maternity hospital, serious enough to last during a year. The maternity hospital had to move: it was temporarily given two newly built buildings on Talnahskaya street: school No. 31 and educational orphanage. Given the peak birth rate, 15 women in childbirth were accommodated in each classroom-ward.

But in 1982, in the newly opened maternity hospital in Norilsk, an absolute birth rate record was set – 5534 babies. At that time, more than a hundred babies got birth there every week.

At the same time, the Malyutka salon was opened at the maternity hospital, where the ceremonial discharge of newborns was carried out. Together with the birth certificate, they were awarded a souvenir medal with the words: Born in Norilsk.

In previous issues of the History spot photo project, we talked about when the Norilsk maternity hospital was ‘born’.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

September 07, 2021

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