- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcomed their first child to the world on May 6, 2019.
- The couple is still thinking of names.
- It’s generally much cheaper to have a child in the U.K. than in the U.S.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, delivered her first child, a boy, on May 6. Markle bucked royal tradition, opting out of delivering the royal baby at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London — the same venue where Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth. Instead, the birth was a private affair, and both mother and son are recuperating at home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
“It was amazing,” Prince Harry said following the event. “I’m so incredibly proud of my wife. … I’m just over the moon.”
Although the royal family likely doesn’t have to consider financial issues like many couples do, you might wonder: Would it have been cheaper for Markle to give birth in the U.S.?
The Cost of Having a Baby in the UK vs. in the US: $9,700 vs. $22,000
According to the Lindo Wing maternity care pricing chart, a consultant-led vaginal delivery costs approximately $7,700, while a C-section birth will cost somewhere around $9,700. Additional costs concerning the particular demands of the royal family are unlikely to have been included in these cost estimates, should any such exist.
Although these numbers might seem staggering, when you consider that the system is administered by the British National Health Service, part of the universal healthcare system, they are still lower than you might expect in American hospitals, particularly if the expectant mother doesn’t have medical insurance.
The data from the FAIR Health Consumer cost estimator tool suggests that giving birth for U.S. residents varies vastly depending on where you live. In Los Angeles, for example, the cost of a C-section birth sans insurance is a whopping $21,986, when you account for pre- and post-delivery care. By contrast, new parents in Birmingham, Alabama, are looking at a price tag of $11,665 for the same procedure. With insurance, you can expect to pay about half as much.
These sums can seem positively princely, especially given the fact that most of the people paying them don’t come from royal blood — or royal payrolls.
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