This is a guest post written by the writer of HowMuchIsIt.org, a website that states the price of just about anything.
Every year, millions if not thousands of babies are born all over the world. A lot of parents work hard to prepare for this. So if you have a baby on the way, you might ask how much does childbirth typically cost?
For married couples, your health insurance would already cover maternity costs. However, for those who are not married yet, a guy’s health insurance won’t cover his girlfriend’s pregnancy yet. For those who can hardly afford the said expenses, such as couples belonging to the low income bracket, they can opt to seek financial assistance from organizations or the local health department.
Costs outside of delivery:
Prenatal appointments on the average range from $100-$200 per consultation. If you have to undergo laboratory examinations, fees can be as much as $200. The ultrasound alone ranges from $300-$1,000.
Cost of birth:
Childbirth costs actually vary, depending on the type of delivery, location, and other determining factors. For instance based on geographical location those in the West and Northeast coasts have more expensive childbirth costs compared to the South.
But on the average, vaginal birth or normal deliveries range from $2,000-$7,000. For women who have to undergo caesarian operation, they have to prepare at least $3,000 to as much as $11,000.
In the United States, the overall average cost of an uncomplicated childbirth is between $8,000-$9,000. Usually, insurance and hospital discount agreements also apply and pick up out of pocket costs. If your baby is premature, which accounts for about 13 percent of babies born in the United States, the average costs would reach $47,000 based on a study conducted by the National Academy of Scientists in 2006. Childbirth with other major complications amount to more than $1 million.
Based on the U.S. Census Bureau, an average hospital bill for vaginal delivery costs between $5,000$10,000 excluding prenatal visits, ultrasound, and laboratory workup.
So for couples expecting a baby, it’s best if you prepare early. Start to set aside money each month, and come up with a baby fund. Also, be sure to figure out marriage plans, as well as insurance arrangements now to avoid stress later. Once the baby’s on its way, there is no turning back so make sure everything is thought through well.