The Typical American Birth Costs More Than the Royal Baby’s
With the royal birth of Prince Louis, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child, came the royal treatment. Like her other births, Middleton labored and delivered in the Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, which is known to have world-class maternity care, as well as private deluxe suites and hotel-like services such as afternoon tea. But while Prince Louis’ birth seems to have cost a pretty penny (or pound), it may have cost less than that of the average American baby.
The Royal Birth
How much did the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles cost? Calculating an exact cost isn’t easy. According to the Lindo Wing’s maternity price menu (how amazing would it have been to actually have had a price menu given to us BEFORE choosing a hospital and having the baby?!), a standard room package costs £5,900 per night, or around $7,970, and a deluxe room package will set you back £6,275, or roughly just over $8,500. That includes midwife services, blood tests, nursery care, meals, and celebration afternoon tea. If you add on obstetrician and anesthesia services, scans, nonroutine take-home medication, and other extras, you’re looking at a higher cost.
As this wasn’t Middleton’s first Lindo Wing delivery, it’s likely that she got to pay less; the hospital offers a 10 percent discount for repeat deliveries. While Kensington Palace hasn’t officially announced the price tag of the royal birth, an $8,500+ bill (that’s without insurance) might not be so bad in comparison to what American families pay — especially when you add in the suite and hotel services!
British Vs. AMERICAN Births
Of course, not all British births are like Middleton’s. Even though there are plenty of British mums who can afford the Lindo Wing (or similar private health services), most women aren’t paying nearly what their US counterparts are.
Instead of spending on high-priced health insurance that comes with equally high deductibles and co-payments, more than 54.3 million people in England take advantage of the publicly funded National Health Service (NHS) free program. Yes, free. (There are still additional out-of-pocket costs for certain labor and delivery care services.)
In the US, the cost for a vaginal delivery at a US hospital averages just over $10,800, with the high-end potential expense reaching more than $18,300, according to the International Federation of Health Plans 2015 Comparative Price Report. C-sections, which are more involved, can cost between $11,400 to $28,400. Other sources estimate even higher prices: A 2013 study by Truven Health Analytics showed the average total costs of vaginal and C-section births were around $32,000 and $51,000, respectively. However, a majority of those costs are usually covered by insurance.
The US is the most expensive country in which to give birth, and there are a number of factors that account for the higher cost that vary from state to state, such as the private health insurance industry and a fee-for-service payment system (where charges quickly add up based on the quantity of services/treatments provided). In addition, according to the Public Library of Science, on average, women in the US stay in the hospital for two days after birth, while women in the UK stay for 1.5 days (though Middleton left a mere seven hours after the arrival of the littlest prince). But even with extra amenities and swanky delivery room digs, the royal baby’s birth almost seems like a bargain relative to that of an average American baby.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)