Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Birth by the Numbers

Cost of a physician attended vaginal birth in hospital: $2,486
Cost of a hospital birth with forceps or vacuum: $3,484
Cost of a hospital birth by c-section: $4, 863
Overall provincial c-section rate: 28.4%
Midwifery c-section rate; 15%
World Health Organization (WHO) recommended c-section rate: 15%
Number of c-sections in Ontario 2008/09: 22,254
Total cost to the health care system: $108,221,020

Saving to the health care system by achieving WHO recommended c-section rate: $50,863,879
Figures and financial information located at CIHI Patient Cost indicator. htt:// 

What this means? We could potentially save HALF of what we spend in the health care if the overall provincial c-section rate was decreased. Not only would leave more money for those battling cancer and other life threatening diseases, it would ensure that half of these women could avoid having major surgery.


  1. Asalaamu Alaykum,

    Wow, I can tell you are in Canada subhanaallah, because here in the states a c-section goes for about 20,000-30,000 dollars ;).

  2. It is really interesting that you bring that up, the C-section rate in the states actually beat us by a good 8%, you heard right. The csection rate in the states is a shocking 36%... and the fact that is cost more might explain why so many unnecessary csections are done, its the business of being born.


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