FAIR Health launched the Cost of Giving Birth Tracker, a free, interactive tool tracking the cost of giving birth state by state. Available on FAIR Health’s website fairhealth.org, the Cost of Giving Birth Tracker consists of heat maps that show state-specific and national median charge and allowed (in-network) amounts for vaginal deliveries and C-sections. The tool draws on the national, independent nonprofit FAIR Health’s database of over 41 billion private healthcare claim records—the largest such repository in the country.
The Cost of Giving Birth Tracker includes inpatient and outpatient facility and professional costs. Services include the delivery itself (e.g., pharmacy, nursery, labor and delivery room, medical and surgical supplies, room and board for the mother), anesthesia, fetal nonstress tests, ultrasounds, laboratory work and a breast pump. The data come from the September 2022 release of the vaginal delivery and C-section FH® Total Treatment Cost benchmarks.