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Moms Are Disclosing Just How Much It Costs To Give Birth In The U.S.—And It’s Outrageous

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Childbirth has the potential to be a remarkable experience.

After so much persistence through pain and discomfort, a new mother holds in her arms a brand new human being that will literally inherit part of her DNA.

The new mother will watch this individual grow into its own unique self over the next multiple decades. In one fell swoop, a family is grown and a contribution to the human race is made.

But a recent viral moment on TikTok brought that idyllic story crashing back down to earth.

In the United States, when a mother leaves the hospital with a newborn under her wing, she’s left with a massive stressor staring her right in the face.

The ridiculous hospital bill.

The financial story swap kicked off in response to an inquiry made by TikTok user Ms. Lily Flowers.

She shared that it took her two years to pay off the hospital bill after she gave birth. 

@mslilyflowers##momlife ##medicalbillssuck ##lgbtqiamom ##lgbtqia ##DoPacSun ##WorkingAtHome♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

Countless mothers on TikTok were eager to offer up their own stories. 

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Other moms responded in video form. 

@laysamichelle_Having a baby is not cheap 😅💙( Insta: laysamichelle_ )♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

@thefairywitch##duet with @mslilyflowers ##ivf ##infertility♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

@itschanningelizabeth##duet with @mslilyflowers♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

@mommyof0ne##duet with @mslilyflowers and that’s with insurance …still paying :/ ##healthcareinamerica ##5years ##helpless ##collegetuition♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

Buzzfeed, who picked up the story, cited a handy figure reported by Business Insiderwho found that the average cost of childbirth in the U.S. is just over $10,808.

Exactly how much the mother pays is dependent on their insurance provider and other circumstances such as military service, disability coverage, etc.

That reality contrasts sharply with so many other countries in the world, a trend not lost on the TikTok community.

In addition to all of those mothers from the U.S., moms from around the world weighed in as well.

Their experiences shed light on the particular difficulties of living under the U.S. healthcare system. 

@helloashleylynn##duet with @mslilyflowers I’m sorry US sisters 😔❤️ ##canadiangirl ##canadianhealthcare ##fyp ##foryourpage ##cannamom ##cannaparent ##momsoftiktok ##parent♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

@fufu_p1982##duet with @mslilyflowers♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

@kaylinloewen_20##duet with @mslilyflowers Canada is best ❤️ ##baby ##childtax ##canada ##saskatchewan ##baby ##6months ##mama♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

@savannahbartninkaitis##duet with @mslilyflowers♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

@bryndisosk##duet with @mslilyflowers ##duet ##tiktokmom ##iceland ##over40mom♬ original sound – Ms. Lily Flowers

Unfortunately for prospective mothers across the U.S., it’s not so easy to uproot and move to another country and raise a family.

So instead, many are left to the whims of the U.S. for-profit healthcare system and for-profit private insurance.

Both industries continue to make record profits year after year.

Eric Spring

Written by Eric Spring

Eric Spring lives in New York City. He has poor vision and cooks a good egg. Most of his money is spent on live music and produce. He usually wears plain, solid color sweatshirts without hoods because he assumes loud patterns make people expect something big. Typically, he'll bypass a handshake and go straight for the hug.