New Baby! And Final Costs of Pregnancy..?

04/09/2020

Over the last nine months we were anxiously waiting for our first baby to arrive. On March 18th we were thrilled to welcome our little girl into the world! She is just the cutest little baby and we are loving the baby snuggles! And I mean just look at her! So cute!


Having a baby in the middle of a pandemic is not ideal and we will likely write a blog post regarding our experience at the hospital in a follow-up post. But she sure has an interesting birth story. Hopefully she will meet more people soon. Until then, we are all safe and sound at home in New York. 

We have been updating you on the costs pregnancy and birthing a child. It's been three weeks since our little bundle of joy has entered the world, so we might have a few more "lingering" bills coming our way. But hopefully most of them are paid. 

The out-of-pocket total cost of the pregnancy, labor and delivery (c-section), and postpartum follow-up was $3,782. 

Like I mentioned, that was our out of pocket cost.  I had a "high-risk" risk pregnancy that required more ultrasounds, sonograms, and labs than typically called for. So it is likely that the lab costs are a bit higher than normal. Also, after a 36-hour inducement, I pulled the plug and requested a c-section. So the c-section may have also added costs. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were discharged a day early. It is unknown if they decreased our costs for a shorter length of stay. 

Nevertheless, paying $3,782 for a safe and healthy delivery of our beautiful baby is worth it. 

Below is how the costs breakdown by item. 

  • Appointment 1: $30
  • Labs: $50
  • Appointment 2: $151.49
  • Ultrasound 1: $30
  • Appointment 3: $151.49
  • Ultrasound 2: $30
  • Appointment 4: $151.49
  • Appointment 5: $151.49
  • Labs: $50
  • Appointment 6: $151.49 
  • Optional Birthing class: $200
  • Optional Baby Care Basics class: $85
  • Optional Baby Care class: $0
  • Prenatal vitamins: $0
  • Appointment 7: $0
  • Ultrasound 3: $30
  • Ultrasound 4 and tests: $138.74
  • Labs: $0
  • Appointment 8: $0
  • Ultrasound 5: $0
  • Appointment 9: $0
  • Ultrasound 6: $0
    Labs: $7.77
  • Labs: $30
  • Non-stress test costs (multiple non-stress tests): $211.34
  • Appointment 10: $0
  • Appointment 11: $0
  • Appointment 12: $0
  • Appointment 13: $0
  • Lab: $78.47
  • Hospital charge: $1,799.07
  • Breastfeeding class (optional): $150
  • Breastfeeding class two (optional): $75
  • Labs: $42.01
  • Labs: $84.02
  • Labs: $42.01
  • Follow-up Appointment 14: $0