The REAL COST of having a baby in South Africa – From C-section to nappies
The high cost of living is having an impact on medical costs. We take a look at the real cost of a natural birth, C-section and home birth.
The high cost of living is having an impact on medical costs. We take a look at the real cost of a natural birth, C-section and home birth in South Africa.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019 949 757 babies were born in South Africa. The price of baby formula is around R464 and week’s worth of nappies costs R520.
THE REAL COST OF HAVING A BABY IN SOUTH AFRICA IS ALARMING
According to The Outlier, “We all know that raising children is expensive, but how much does it cost to have a baby? In 2022, Discovery Health says, a planned C-section in a private hospital can average around R49 200 whereas a natural birth is earmarked at R25 100.”
“Midwife-assisted births at home is around R16 000, according to figures from two birthing centres. A baby can go through 12 nappies a day – or 360 nappies a month, which is about R2100. Add to that a 1.8kg tin of formula at R464 for a well-known brand. And so it goes… But despite the costs, 949,757 babies were born in South Africa in 2021,” the publication says.
According to CBS, in the United States more people between the ages of 18 to 49 admitted they are “not too likely” or “not likely at all” to have children someday.