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THIS Is How Much It Costs to Have a Baby

THIS Is How Much It Costs to Have a Baby

By Suzannah Weiss

You often hear how expensive it is to raise a child, with the latest estimates putting it at around $250,000 until your kid's 18th birthday. But on top of that, the cost of bringing a baby into this world is pretty pricey in of itself. According to new data from Castlight Health, the average routine vaginal delivery in the U.S. costs $8,775. Depending on your health insurance, you may not have to pay too much of that out of pocket, but still...damn.

This will obviously depend on a lot of factors, though, like where you live and what kind of birth you have. The majority of the country's most expensive cities, for example, also impose a higher cost on giving birth. For example, a vaginal delivery will cost you anywhere from $4,022 to $17,646 in New York City and $4,223 to $27,326 in Los Angeles.

If you need to get a C-section, the numbers look even more intimidating. The cost ranges from $6,891 in Pittsburgh, Penn., the city where it costs the least, to $27,067 in Sacramento, Calif., where it costs the most. Sacramento is also the most expensive city for vaginal births at $15,420, with Kansas City taking the bottom slot at $6,075.

Kristin Torres Mowat, senior vice president of Plan Development and Data Operations at Castlight Health, said in a press release that moms' lives would be easier if these numbers were less arbitrary and more predictable. "The price variances seen in both routine and cesarean deliveries reflect the larger systemic problems in our nations’ healthcare system."

So, yeah...giving birth ain't cheap.

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