Cost of pregnancy

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Cost of pregnancy
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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 9:06am

I found this article very fascinating because not only does it explain how to economize on your birth, it encourages woman to take charge and fight to reduce costs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/health/american-way-of-birth-costliest-in-the-world.html?_r=0

Gail

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-29-2013
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 11:54am

Fascinating article indeed.  I was pretty shocked to find out how much my labor and delivery ended up costing our family.  Next time around I plan to be more prepared to fight for what I really want and what really is necessary.  I sometimes wonder if the docs do procedures that aren't really needed in order to charge more $$$.  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:46pm

Depending on your knowledge depends on the answer. For example, if you were trying to conceive, don't want to know the gender, and believe in letting nature take it's course, an ultrasound isn't necessary. Humour writers like Erma Bombeck and Teresa Bloomindale wrote about how the due date was just an estimate and babies going until 10 months. That means the attitude towards due date used to be letting the body, not the calendar decide. With letting the body decide, there is less pressure for the baby to arrive at a certain date, reducing induction, which in turn reduces the risk of further interventions.

Gail