Negotiating The Cost of Maternity: Facts & Figures
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.
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.