Home Health Parents News Now Cost of Giving Birth Skyrockets, New Analysis Shows Cost of Giving Birth Skyrockets, New Analysis Shows By Holly Lebowitz Rossi September 24, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_114772867 30543 Over the last 15 years, the cost of vaginal deliveries has practically doubled in the United States, shooting up from $4,918 to $9,294, while the cost of C-sections has increased 70 percent from an average of $8,268 to $14,055, according to Truven Health Analytics. By contrast, the average cost for an uncomplicated vaginal delivery last year in Switzerland was $4,039 and the average cost in France was $3,541, according to the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP). That's nearly half to a third of what it cost in the U.S. In fact, the United States is the most expensive place in the world to give birth, according to the IFHP. The reason, experts say, has to do with the way hospitals calculate our bills. "Every time you walk into the hospital, they look at everything that happens to you and say, 'Can I bill for that?'" explained Gerard Anderson, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management. "So, if you get an aspirin, they're going to bill for that. If you get seen by a specialist, they're going to bill for that." Even when families do have insurance, their portion of the bill can be staggering. Image: Pregnant woman in the hospital, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Cost of Giving Birth Skyrockets, New Analysis Shows Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.