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Before starting a family, it's important to think about your finances. Make a list of your money and things you need to spend it on. There are expenses you may have before getting pregnant, while pregnant and after having a baby.

Some costs include: 

  • Prenatal vitamins
  • Doctor visits
  • Giving birth
  • Preparing a room for the baby
  • Buying diapers
  • Buying formula
  • Buying things to help with breastfeeding
Some of these costs maybe covered by insurance, but you might still need to pay for some things yourself. On average, the costs of childbirth in North Carolina is around $11,000. In the Mecklenburg County Area the average cost of delivery is higher at $12,549 on average. A vaginal birth will cost $10,701 and a C-section will cost $16,117. 

 

Insurance 101

  • Enrolling in Insurance

    • Open enrollment period is from November 1 to January 15
    • You MUST enroll your baby after they're born
    • You can apply for marketplace coverage within 60 days of having your baby or 1 year after your Medicaid coverage ends
    • You can apply for Medicaid or CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) at any time during the year
  • Benefits

    • If you do not have insurance, tell Medicaid about your pregnancy to save money
    • In N.C. Medicaid gives a mother full coverage and extended coverage for 1 year after the baby is born
    • The baby will be covered for 1 year under Medicaid
  • If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant:

    If you don't have insurance from the marketplace, having some kind of coverage will help pay for the costs of doctor's visits during pregnancy. Getting pregnant does not qualify you to enroll or change your marketplace plan. But if you move or lose your job or coverage, you can. 

    If none of these apply, you can apply for coverage within 60 days after having your baby.

    If you already have insurance, you might save money by telling Medicaid about your pregnancy. You don't have to tell them if you want to keep your current insurance, but you need to enroll your baby after they're born.

    You can apply for Medicaid or CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) at any time during the year, not just during the open enrollment period from November 1 to January 15.

  • If you recently gave birth:

    If you don't have insurance from the marketplace, having a baby lets you sign up for it. You need to apply within 60 days after the baby is born or if your Medicaid coverage ended after 12 months. You can make changes to your marketplace plan during these times.

    The open enrollment period is from November 1 to January 15.

    If you already have insurance, you can add your baby to your plan or choose a different plan to possibly save money. If you have Medicaid in North Carolina, the mother gets full coverage and extended coverage for 12 months after the baby is born.

    The baby will automatically be covered for 12 months after birth.

    For more information about costs to expect and information on resources to help with insurance, visit the guide below.

Cost of Having a Baby
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