The Most Expensive States for Childbirth (2022)

Last Updated: 8/26/2022
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Depending on where you live, the cost of having a baby could break the bank, even with the best health insurance plan.

MoneyGeek analyzed the costs of childbirth across the country and ranked the states from most expensive to least expensive. Data for Alabama, North Dakota and Wyoming were not available.

We found that Nebraska is the most expensive state to have a baby; there, it’ll cost you an average of $2,685 out-of-pocket for delivery and professional services — and that's with employer-sponsored health insurance.

You can find MoneyGeek's ranking of the 15 most expensive states to give childbirth in the U.S. — along with the average cost of delivery and professional services*; Cesarean section (C-section), delivery and professional services; and vaginal delivery, delivery and professional services in each state — below.

*This figure is an average of each state's C-section, delivery and professional services and vaginal delivery, delivery and professional services costs.


  • 15. Maine
    Maine

    • $2,264.33Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,358.39C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,220.39Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 14. Oregon
    Oregon

    • $2,272.04Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,318.66C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,251.01Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 13. Utah
    Utah

    • $2,277.48Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,346.31C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,253.74Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 12. Arkansas
    Arkansas

    • $2,283.72Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,452.94C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,193.55Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 11. North Carolina
    North Carolina

    • $2,299.27Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,491.17C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,199.20Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 10. Georgia
    Georgia

    • $2,330.35Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,350.13C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,318.63Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 9. Montana
    Montana

    • $2,419.72Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,610.46C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,304.86Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 8. Idaho
    Idaho

    • $2,434.55Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,596.05C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,294.95Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 7. Alaska
    Alaska

    • $2,473.30Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,691.83C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,388.31Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 6. Minnesota
    Minnesota

    • $2,486.46Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,578.53C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,447.25Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 5. Tennessee
    Tennessee

    • $2,506.90Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,529.91C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,494.45Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 4. Texas
    Texas

    • $2,518.03Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,636.01C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,447.14Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 3. South Dakota
    South Dakota

    • $2,577.46Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,808.62C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,500.92Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 2. Oklahoma
    Oklahoma

    • $2,598.31Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,721.92C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,533.56Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

  • 1. Nebraska
    Nebraska

    • $2,684.96Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,717.94C-Section, Delivery & Professional Services
    • $2,670.46Vaginal Delivery, Delivery & Professional Services

About the Author


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Deb Gordon is author of The Health Care Consumer’s Manifesto (Praeger 2020), a book about shopping for health care, based on consumer research she conducted as a senior fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government between 2017 and 2019. Her research and writing have been published in JAMA Network Open, the Harvard Business Review blog, USA Today, RealClear Politics, TheHill, and Managed Care Magazine. Deb previously held health care executive roles in health insurance and health care technology services. Deb is an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow, and an Eisenhower Fellow, for which she traveled to Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore to explore the role of consumers in high-performing health systems. She was a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree, and a volunteer in MIT’s Delta V start-up accelerator, the Fierce Healthcare Innovation Awards, and in various mentorship programs. She earned a BA in bioethics from Brown University, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.