Negotiating The Cost of Maternity: Facts & Figures
Civil Rights, Community, Education and Learning, Feminism, Pay Equity, Peacemaking, Women
- In 2011 62 percent of US women covered by private plans not obtained through an employer lacked maternity coverage
- Women with insurance pay out of pocket an average of $3,400 for maternity care
- The United States has one of the highest rates of both infant and maternal death among industrialized nations
- Health insurance on the individual market typically does not not cover maternity care without the purchase of an additional “pregnancy rider” for $800 a month.
- Average expense for conventional delivery: $9,775.
- Average expense for Caeserean delivery: $15,041.
- Full-time minimum wage workers earn $15,080 annually.
- 64% of minimum wage workers are women.
- Non-profit pro-life groups raised about $551 million in 2006
- More than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.
- Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, versus approximately 90% of women who had not given birth during adolescence
- Eighty-eight percent of abortions take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and nearly 99 percent occur during the first 20 weeks.
Facts without links taken from the American Way of Birth article in today's New York Times.