A pregnancy contest in Guatemala can put newborn babies in danger

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In Guatemala, giving birth during the night of 31st December and 1st January can have big rewards. Since 1956, a national daily newspaper has been running the “stork marathon”, a competition that gives out prizes to the three women the stork visits first. The mothers and their newborns win nappies, bottles, cribs and even mattresses. But the lighthearted contest can carry certain risks, says our Observer, gynaecologist Vinicio Del Valle.

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