May 23, 2008,
E.K. asks from Tampa, FL on May 21, 2008
Cost of Pregnancy Without Maternity Insurance
Hi! My husband and I have been trying to decide if it is economical to carry a maternity rider on my health insurance or not. There are waiting periods before conception, and then of course carrying it throughout the pregnancy, it all adds up to be about $10,000 in premiums IF we conceive the first time we try. So, we were hoping that someone could help us out by giving us an idea of what it costs to have a baby with no maternity coverage. We know it will depend on how long we're in the hospital, and if it is a natural birth or c-section, etc. But we were hoping that maybe there are some Moms out here that have "self-paid" for everything related to pregnancy and delivery and could help us out with an idea of the TOTAL cost. Hope to hear from someone soon. Thanks.
P.N. answers from Tampa on May 22, 2008
My insurance sends me a copy of the bill to show what they paid. The hospital fee was $14,000 the NICU 3 night stay was 14,000. I was very happy to have coverage. This does not include the costs for the Doctor visits (I paid a 25 co-pay for the entire thing), or anethesia fees. My co-pay at the hospital was 150 a night (that depends on the insurance you get, my last child was 500 a night.)
Hope this helps
T.M. answers from Tampa on May 22, 2008
We are self-employed and do not have the benefit of group insurance. If you are in the same boat-I suggest you read below. You can't compare group insurance to the individual market because they are nowhere the same thing. I am now 23 weeks along and chose not to carry Maternity. After consulting my ob and the hospital it is going to cost less than carrying Maternity. It didn't make sense. Our premiums would have sky-rocketed. I'm not sure where you would plan to have the baby-but I had my first at St. Joseph's Women's (and that's where I'm having my 2nd) You can contact them and they can fax you a sheet called the Maternity Cash Discount agreement. My ob costs are $2000 flat-that counts all visits. A normal vaginal delivery and 1 night stay for St. Joe's cost $3,300. If I have any complications-my insurance covers that. Now that does not count the Anesthesiologist, Pediatrician, Pathologist, Neolatologist and Radiologist-they all bill separately. After contacting their offices (which the hospital provided all that info on their sheet), it looks like $###-###-#### more. I hope this helps. By the way-someone suggested changing insurances during pregnancy. Please be aware that no-one will cover it if you are already pregnant and most insurance companies have waiting periods for coverage.
E.R. answers from Tampa on May 22, 2008
I think it would only be cheaper if you had a very uncomplicated pregnancy, w/little intervention. FOr instance only one sonogram. I had to have a quite a few last time. Then I had to stay in the hospital a week w/complications at delivery, and I know that bill was over 9000 just for the stay and that was at the insurance adjusted rates. And if you were to have to be hospitalized during the pregnancy for anything it could go up! Of course you do labor of love like one pp mentioned and everything could go smoothly and you could spend a lot less =). And actually my after pregnancy complications may have been covered w/out a maternity rider, I don't know since that wasn't an issue.
C.C. answers from Tampa on May 22, 2008
Labor of Love birth center is far, far cheaper than all of that. I believe their total came out to $4,300 out of pocket without insurance if you paid it all off before 36 weeks and was only slightly higher if you didn't. That's for the midwife, whatever blood work they do, most of the classes (some are extra) and the birth itself. It's something to consider.
C.G. answers from Tampa on May 22, 2008
I don't know about hospital and OB costs...but I do know that if you choose a licensed midwife in a free standing birth center the total cost is around $4500.
A.F. answers from Tampa on May 21, 2008
i did a project on this and it would be more expensive not to have the rider. the hospital visit alone costs nearly $10,000 then add in the OB and blood work. If i remember right, my figure was around $15,000 for the doctors, bloodwork, and birth - and that's if there are no complications. then you have clothing, and the nursery costs.
K.S. answers from Tampa on May 23, 2008
My first pregnancy was through a birthing center in Lutz (Labor of Love) It was a wonderful experience and we had a healthy little girl who is 2 1/2 now....The total cost was around $4000... We had insurance but still the costs are much lower if you have a natural birth in a birthing center vs. a hospital. I would suggest that you get the Health Insurance for either situation only because you never know what could happen before during or after the birth..... It's peace of mind and you don't want to be stressed out during your time of pregnancy....
L.J. answers from Tampa on May 22, 2008
Not to scare you, but complications can happen and it can be costly. My son was born 8 weeks early, only stayed in the NICU for a month (was suppose to be 2 months) and I was in ICU as well. Our total was probably over $200,000. I never saw all of the bills from specialists and others. I was healthy, but developed pre-eclamsia. I had so many complications the whole time, flu (hospitalized), severe morning sickness, bedrest for bleeding. I know I was extreme, but it was so much money. We only paid, wait for it, $10, for my first OB visit. Now, that was 9 years ago, and it would be much higher now.
Luckily, I was on a group policy. Is that not an option? I would be worried without insurance, but that's how I am. I can't imagine how we would have done it without insurance. And, I know that moms without insurance aren't always given the best care. I overheard things. Just another perspective. I was an older mom, 34, and had lots of things go wrong. He is fine now, no complications or permanent issues.