When you’re expecting a baby, you plan everything. You set up your prenatal check-ups, you design a soothing nursery guaranteed to help baby sleep, maybe you take Lamaze classes and fill every closet in the house with diapers. But nothing can quite prepare you for the medical bills.
Between health insurance premiums, specialized testing, epidurals and unexpected treatments and procedures, the cost of having a baby is a universal reality.
But in some countries, charges are significantly less for maternity care than in others. Some offset the cost with government-backed benefits, such as three years of paid leave or a monthly allowance.
Do you know how your country stacks up? Chicago-based Coyne College used data from 2011 through 2015 to map the cost of childbirth in numerous countries (more data is given for some countries than others). Coyne offers programs in trades skills, healthcare services, court reporting and other areas of career preparation.
Here’s what it costs to have a baby in 20 countries around the world.