Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area ranked as the most expensive places to have a baby of 30 major metropolitan regions in the U.S. according to an analysis released Thursday.
Sacramento came in first (congrats to you) where a vaginal birth cost $15,420 on average. The San Francisco Bay Area was a close second at $15,204. Minneapolis trailed in third place by almost $4,000, coming in at $11,527, and the least expensive of the 30 largest metropolitan areas surveyed was Kansas City, Missouri, where a vaginal delivery costs an avery $6,075.
These are "routine vaginal deliveries," folks. Again, those are "average" costs. We'll get to the variation within regions further down.
The numbers were crunched by San Francisco-based Castlight, a health care information company. They looked at medical claims data as well as other information. Since Castlight primarily works with self-insured large companies, it says the costs it crunched include both the employee's out-of-pocket costs and what the employer paid for the delivery.