Cost To Give Birth In Every State

Updated: Jan 9, 2019


Ever wonder what it costs, on average, to give birth in your state?

Childbirth is the most common way in which families are introduced to the healthcare system with approximately 85% of American women given birth by their mid-40s.

According to data from the national, independent, nonprofit organization FAIR Health, the national average charge for a vaginal delivery is $12,290, and the national average charge for a C-section is $16,907. Keep in mind that these are averages and the amount does vary state by state and from one delivery circumstance to another. A lot of factors can affect the bottom line.

What's further mind blowing is the cost increase of delivery over the years. Recently I came across a hospital bill from 1958 and was fascinated combing through it.


A quick glance shows one charge greater than $30.00 and as little as $.50 noted. Grand total $190.00 for 5 days in the hospital for a standard (non c-section) delivery- WHAT A DEAL!

I know what your thinking. What's the inflation on such bill today, if all things are equal. Using the CPI Inflation Calculator this $190.00 bill equates to $1,646.36 in 2018.

A lot has changed however since 1958. First off, Medicare wasn't even in existence yet. It wasn't until July 30, 1965 when President Lyndon B. Johnson made Medicare law by signing H.R. 6675 in Independence, Missouri. Other modern medicine items also didn't exist, such as ultrasounds and epidurals. Antibotics where just starting to be used in mass production. The period between the 1950s and 1970s was the golden era of discovery of novel antibiotics classes, with no new classes discovered since then.

So what does it cost today to have a baby?

According to a study done in 2016 and 2017 by FAIR Health, an independent non-profit organization, the below is the average price of actual claims data for each state:

Standard Delivery

  • AK - $10,413

  • AL - $5,017

  • AR - $5,600

  • AZ - $6,822

  • CA - $7,625

  • CO - $6,739

  • CT - $8,102

  • DC - $6,388

  • DE - $6,388

  • FL - $7,800

  • GA - $6,813

  • HI - $5,743

  • IA - $5,848

  • ID - $5,695

  • IL - $7,526

  • IN - $5,379

  • KS - $5,541

  • KY - $5,905

  • LA - $5,590

  • MA - $7,767

  • MD - $6,782

  • ME - $5,893

  • MI - $5,868

  • MN - $6,299

  • MO - $5,842

  • MS - $5,605

  • MT - $6,042

  • NC - $6,375

  • NE - $5,432

  • ND - $6,820

  • NH - $6,887

  • NJ - $8,936

  • NM - $6,189

  • NV - $7,157

  • NY - $8,936

  • OH - $5,836

  • OK - $6,003

  • OR - $6,565

  • PA - $6,850

  • RI - $5,401

  • SC - $6,521

  • SD - $6,102

  • TN - $6,748

  • TX - $7,349

  • UT - $5,357

  • VA - $6,953

  • VT - $6,257

  • WA - $6,482

  • WI - $8,314

  • WV - $5,815

  • WY - $6,823

Staggering price change from $190 to an average of $5,868 in Michigan. That's a 2988.42% increase over 60 years. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there is now a ceiling as to how much a patient could be exposed to catastrophic expenses. For 2018 plans the Out-of-Pocket Maximum for covered expenses, is set at $7,350 for single and $14,700 for family.

How much was your total bill for a hospital birth?

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