American woman living in UK shares ‘horrendous’ cost of giving birth in the US

An American mum has gone viral after sharing how expensive it can be to give birth in the US.

Lisa Dollan, 39, lives in Menston, Leeds, with her son and husband, after moving to the UK from Atlanta, Georgia.

She has racked up hundreds of thousands of followers @yorkshirepeach on TikTok for her videos on adapting to life in the UK.

In a recent video, she explored the staggering amount it can cost to have a baby in the US, leaving people shocked.

According to the American Journal of Managed Care, the cost of giving birth in the United States varies drastically from state to state.

Research shows that the average cost of giving birth for a person with health insurance through their employer is $13,811 (£9,900) but this can vary depending on if there were any complications.

In the viral video, she said: “Now then, so a lot of people say, so how much does it cost to have a baby in the States?”

Gesturing to a bill totalling $69,634 (£50,000), she continues: “Well, this is without [health] insurance.”

“With insurance, the bill is [probably covered] 80-20,” meaning that the insurance company covers 80 per cent of the costs, and the rest is up to the woman giving birth and family.

“But what the pharmaceutical companies and the hospitals do is jack up the prices,” the mum claimed. “So that that 20 per cent becomes higher and higher.”

She then breaks down some of the expensive charges on the list, noting that for a semi-private room, which you share, it costs $25,000 (£18,000).

But the actual delivery room, where you have the baby, was priced at an additional $26,000 (£18,644).

The Yorkshire mum notes costs of the other “little bits and bobs that you need,” see the bill shoot up in price.

In the caption, she added: “Grateful for the NHS yet?”

The video, which has been viewed more than 450,000 times, has racked up more than 2,000 comments, with many left shocked at the expense.

One person commented: “America isn’t a country, it’s a company.”

Another added: “Forever grateful for the NHS,” while another replied: “Agreed, it really shows how horrendous it could be.”

A third replied: “I swear they literally make these prices up?? 25 grand for a shared room for less than a week? I’d rather give birth in the Maldives.”