US childbirths costliest in the world

The costs for medical care during pregnancy and delivery in the US are higher than any other country in the world. They have been increasing over the years. The biggest category of hospital payouts for private insurers and Medicaid is maternity and newborn care. And there are huge out-of-pocket expenses for patients as well. The average price charged for pregnancy and newborn care was $30,000 for a vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a Cesarean section.

American way of birth, costliest in the world. New York Times, July 1, 2013