July 8, 2013

Labour pains

Breaking the bank to give birth.

(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The joys of becoming a parent in the United States are now regularly overshadowed by the rising costs of having a baby. The average pregnancy and natural delivery carry a price tag of $30,000, with an additional $20,000 if it’s a C-section.  Although childbirth costs have nearly tripled since 1996, the US still has a 50% higher first-day infant death rate than all other industrialised nations.  So, why have costs risen so much and have profit motives taken precedence over the health of mother and child? 

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to: 

Eugene Declercq
Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Charlotte Overgaard
Former Midwife & Asst Professor, Aalborg University
Tina Cassidy @historyofbirth
Author, “Birth”
Cassi Perez
Mother of two

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