Bringing a child to term costs more in America than anywhere else on Earth, according to today's New York Times.
According to a survey conducted by Truven Health Analytics on behalf of the NYT, charges for delivery have about tripled in the U.S. since 1996.
An additional report from Truven found that between 2004 and 2010, the prices that insurers paid for childbirth rose just shy of 50% for vaginal births and 41% for Caesareans. Average out of pocket costs rose fourfold. The average total price charged for pregnancy and newborn care was found to be about $30,000 for a vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a C-section. (Commercial insurers cover an average of $18,329 and $27,866, respectively.)