They need more kids to sustain the welfare state so they extended the welfare state to generate more kids. Clockwork:

Enticed by a generous German government aid program for newborn children that takes effect on January 1, expectant mothers are doing what they can to prolong their pregnancies until Monday…

Worried about Germany’s shrinking population and a birth rate that fell to a post-war low in 2005, the government introduced a law in September to encourage working couples to have children. They made January 1, 2007 the cut-off date.

Parents who take time off from work to care for newborns can receive two-thirds of their net monthly salary, or up to a maximum of 1,800 euros, for 12 months. If the other parent takes a further two months off, the benefit is extended to 14 months…

Physicians and midwives have been saying that avoiding redwine, stress as well as physicial or sexual activity are amongthe recommended natural methods to help prevent inducing birth…

A pregnant doctor named Lucia C. said her due date is January 7 and calculated she will lose 15,000 euros if the baby is early.

“I’m going to relax as much as possible,” she said, adding she was annoyed at the unnecessary pressure.