The Price Tag for Giving Birth in the U.S. Is Staggering

You know babies are expensive. The guy who makes your latte at your local coffee shop knows that babies are expensive. But you probably didn't realize that it might actually cost you thousands of dollars just to give birth to one. 

According to data from the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP), Americans pay the highest birthing costs in the world, with your average run-of-the-mill delivery costing a little more than $10,000. Having a C-section? That’ll run you about $15,000.

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But bills can also vary from state-to-state (because keeping things consistent would be waaay too easy). That's why WalletHub.com ranked the best and worst states to give birth in based on how much it'll set you back. Though they didn't reveal specific costs in each state, here are their findings:

Source: WalletHub

States with the Lowest Hospital Charges for Conventional Births:
1. North Dakota
2. Maryland
3. Maine
4. New Hampshire
5. Wyoming

States with the Highest Hospital Charges for Conventional Births:
1. Florida
2. Rhode Island
3. California
4. New Jersey
5. New Mexico

(As if the whole Zika virus ordeal wasn't making things stressful enough for expectant moms in Florida...)

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WalletHub also noted annual average infant-care costs, the number of pediatricians per capita, and C-section delivery charges to find the best and worst places to be a new mama:

Best States for New Moms
1. Vermont
2. Maine
3. Connecticut
4. Minnesota
5. New Hampshire

Worst States for New Moms
1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Alabama
4. New York
5. Georgia

So what should you do with this info (other than cry if you live in the South)? Start planning for what's coming financially—and check out exactly how much childbirth cost these nine women for more details on what you can expect from that baby-makin' bill.

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