The Globe and Mail asks you which of the above birth themes you would prefer to hear, based on your preferences.
The results are fascinating.
“The idea that childbirth is not cheap is not new,” says the article.
“But I do wonder how much people really believe in this myth, as they don’t have access to the kind of information they would need to make informed decisions.”
“There’s an old adage: If you have to spend a lot, you don’t know it,” says Dr. Sarah Jones, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Toronto, who was not involved in the study.
“There is a lot of misinformation about the costs of childbirth.”
Dr. Jones says there is a tendency among the general public to equate childbirth with long hours of work and a difficult birth experience.
“It’s a common myth that women in this country have less control over the labour and delivery process and so are less able to make an informed choice,” she says.
“We need to change that perception.”
What we know About birth costs Dr. Kavita Gopalakrishnan, the senior vice-president and chief operating officer at Cephalon Health Canada, says the costs associated with childbirth are “very high” and that women are sometimes “left feeling like they’re going to die.”
“I think women are just tired and frustrated, and we need to work with them to get more information and support,” she said.
The study, which was published online March 31 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, found that, while there is “little evidence to suggest that labor complications are a major reason for premature births, women are often reluctant to seek professional assistance.”
The researchers also found that women’s views on the costs are more likely to be shaped by personal experience rather than medical knowledge.
“Women are more willing to support women who do not have the financial resources to pay for a hospital visit, for example, but are more reluctant to support a woman who is a little older, has been having an episiotomy and has been unable to get a follow-up ultrasound,” Dr. Gopalapuram says.
Women who are older, for instance, were more likely than younger women to say that they were uncomfortable paying for the cost of a prenatal checkup.
Dr. Liza Burtch, the executive director of the Women’s Health Initiative at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, agrees that many women are hesitant to seek out professional help because they are not financially capable.
“I have seen women who were pregnant when I was doing this research, who are now in their late 20s, who had to be rescued from their own home, and they say, ‘I don’t want to pay $20,000 a year for a checkup,'” Dr. Burtach says.
She also said that women often have to pay out-of-pocket for certain medical treatments, which is not always possible.
“Many women say they don’ want to get pregnant and they want to avoid these health risks,” Dr Burtches says.
The researchers say more research is needed to better understand why women might have difficulty getting pregnant and whether their attitudes towards the cost are rooted in economic realities.
“While there is some evidence that childbirth costs are high, the costs for childbirth vary from one country to another, and are often shaped by different social, cultural and economic factors,” the study concludes.
“Acknowledging that childbirth can be expensive, and that some women are less likely to have financial resources available to pay a birth attendant, is one step toward addressing the costs, while providing more resources and services to those who need them most.”