Russians in Florida

The tone of this NBC news segment on Russian “birth tourism” is curious rather than fearful and suspicious. It centers Russian women who pay to safely and easily give birth in Miami, Florida. The segment includes interviews of several Russian women who explain their desire for their children to receive the benefits of an American passport. The segment emphasizes the mother’s luxurious experience and celebration through images of photo shoots on Florida beaches, descriptions of their housing arrangements in Trump hotels, and Instagram photos of their children surrounded by American flags and passports. Instead of emphasizing the number of Russian women coming into the country to give birth, this video focuses on the enthusiasm of these Russian women as well as the transparency of some of the Russian agencies that facilitate these processes. These segments show distinct media reactions towards different populations of people who are participating in this same practice. (NBC News)