Keeping a keen eye on the baby while still at the hospital...This post is about how much it costs to have a baby.

Put simply, I like real world examples…

For any programmers out there, the classic “Hello World!” example on page one of every compter geek book is the most useless example of anything ever created.

Now, I know I’ve read a similar posts to this on other sites but I’ve never actually seen real numbers.

Just meaningless guesses really…

Like, this may be a huge tangent but remember that time that I had that plumbing problem where my whole house smelled like Starbucks coffee?

Well, I researched the crap out of that on the internet trying to get a ballpark figure of how much it might cost to get fixed…

I found a lot of advice, yeah, but every single place I found tip-toed around an actual number…

“Anywhere between $300 and $1500″ just doesn’t cut it — way too wide of a window.

I couldn’t find anyone that actually flat out said what they were charged for the same, apparently very common, type of project. No one.

Trying to fill the void, somewhat, I posted exactly what it cost me.

Sure, for some, it could be higher or lower, but that’s exactly what it cost me. A starting point for anyone in that situation…

So here’s a real world example of how much it costs to have a baby — not to take care of a baby, but just to “have” one:

Costs of having a baby

I’m sure some out there will find this very informing. I know I would have…

Sadly this is just the “explanation of benefits” from the insurance company but once the more detailed hospital bill arrives, well, I’ll post that too.

Seriously, had I known that “Nursery R&B” were costing us nearly $1k per night, I probably would have insisted that we be able to take him home the first day…

What a rip off — the room wasn’t anywhere near nice enough to cost that much. ;0)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Oh, Dear Lord Yes on the R&B. I had my child at 1 in the morning after an incredibly easy labor and was walking around the cafeteria waiting for the coffee seller to open at 6am so I could get a decaf expresso. I was told I couldn’t leave until a full 24 hours after the baby was born. Bosh! Then not only were we only in the nursery wing from 4am to say 7am of that prior night and the next full night, they wouldn’t let us out of the hospital because the registrar (SS/Birth Cert/Etc) was backed up and didn’t get our paperwork done til 10am, by which time, we were waiting at the door for her. Since the new day started at 7am, we were charged 3 full days – for a total of $4800! from 4am on a Monday AM to 10am on a Tuesday – 28 hours? Cah-razy.

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