I am due with Baby #2 in early December. We had Baby #1 at Pennsylvania Hospital (vaginal birth), and were absolutely pleased with the hospital as far as the birth experience goes (not so pleased with breastfeeding support). I saw the Penn Midwives right up until the last week, when I developed pre/eclampsia and saw the doctors, who delivered the baby the next day; I was very pleased with both the midwives and the OBs I saw.
We had Blue Cross Blue Shield; in fact, we each had it through our jobs (I stayed insured so I was actually double covered) and so the birth cost nothing (in fact, in the end, I was refunded the single $35 copay I paid for prenatal care).
I had an idea at the time that I was fortunate, but no idea how much so. We now have AmeriHealth, and I am wondering how much this is going to cost. The details are a bit murky.
I don't expect anyone here to have exactly the same experience but -- I'm wondering, does the cost of birth differ from state to state, hospital to hospital? We live in NJ but used the hospital in Philly. Technically, I guess Delaware would be an option, too.
We could go to a NJ hospital -- Virtua, Cooper, maybe Elmer, etc., or Penn again (which I'd really really like to do), maybe St. Francis or Christiana in Delaware; I'm sure we have other options, too. I'm afraid I might not be eligible for the Wilmington birth center because of my previous experience with pre-ecclampsia ...
Thanks for any advice or information!