Childbirth Culture Shock

In the US it costs an average of $12,000 to have a baby. In Finland, just named the world's happiest country, parents pay around $60 per night for childbirth services through government-funded health care.  

To Finnish journalist Anu Partenen, giving birth in the US proved “insanely expensive” compared to her home country, where childbirth starter kits are free for all. Finns consider shocking what Americans take for granted: “The idea that everybody doesn’t automatically have the right to health care, and that health care bills can bankrupt you,” Partenen says.

Among her biggest frustrations: navigating a labyrinthine insurance system and still not knowing where her tax dollars are going.

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