Lydia Seabol Avant. [Staff file photo/The Tuscaloosa News]

The future could depend on the fall in the cost of childbirth

Lydia Seabol Avant. [Staff file photo/The Tuscaloosa News]

When I was pregnant with my first child, we apparently had it all planned out.

My mom helped us find lots of second-hand, barely used nursery furniture, I sewed dupioni silk curtains, and she helped me make custom crib bedding. My husband installed planks and trim on the walls of the nursery and we painted the upper part of the nursery a perfect, gender neutral robin’s egg blue.

And with the help of several baby showers, we filled our daughter’s closet with months of baby clothes and diapers. We had socks and bottles, a stroller and a car seat. When the big day finally arrived, we were apparently prepared for anything.

That is, except for the actual cost of childbirth.

We were lucky, through my work’s health insurance, we had paid a few hundred dollars a month for the first 20 weeks of pregnancy to cover our share of the prenatal care I received, plus the cost of the obstetrician during the delivery which was not covered by the insurance.

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