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Giving Birth in the U.S.

A child born in the U.S. automatically receives U.S. citizenship. This right is enforced by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This is one of the major reasons why birth tourism is booming in the country—and also causing a headache for the government.

As an immigrant, you might run into a slight inconvenience going through customs. This might be more apparent for women with a visible baby bump.

Immigrants and Donald Trump’s Ban on Tourist Visa

People visiting the U.S. on B (tourist) visas might face some restrictions during entry into the U.S. It’s difficult to make amendments to the U.S. Constitution, so the controversial restriction that screens pregnant women was imposed on grounds of “security concerns”.

This rule isn’t the only thing that you should be aware of. Under the Trump Administration, a temporary ban was imposed on issuing green cards.

This ban was initiated in April 2020 for an initial duration of 90 days that was later extended to December 2020. This pushed forward the priority dates for getting a green card for many.

As long as you do not conceal your intention of visiting or moving to the U.S., you shouldn’t face any harassment. Providing ample proof such as immigration papers or an employment contract (if asked) will help with this process.

If you or a family member travelling to the U.S. are expecting, you might be asked a few questions, that’s all.

Read on to learn the nuanced version of what it’s like to give birth in the U.S.

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How Much Does Giving Birth Cost?

A normal delivery alone costs around $12,290, and a C-Section costs an average of $16,907.

This cost shoots up for hospitals in metropolitan areas. New Jersey has the highest national average with a whopping $29,048 for a normal hospital birth. It’s not the procedure itself but the boarding and room prices that make it so expensive.

Antenatal visit costs for most of Michigan stand at around $107/visit. Check with your hospital or health center for the visiting cost.

That’s not all—consider the first year of your baby’s life. Birth-related medical expenses aside, the first year of raising a child costs about $12,000, and this cost keeps going up as your child grows.

You should either already have health insurance that covers pregnancy/childbirth or have enough money to pay out of your pocket. Don’t try to buy insurance when you are already pregnant, because no company will cover such expected expenses.

You can also consider at-home births or having your baby at a birthing center. They cost less, and the midwives can help you address any fears you might have.

Birth Policies

Birth policies are simply the set rules every hospital has regarding birthing procedures. These, of course, vary by hospital and also by state. Talk to your healthcare provider and the OB/GYN to learn what policies are applicable in your region.

These policies change over time. Even if you have read about them on a hospital blog or website, consider inquiring with the hospital directly to double-check.

Do inquire about the birth equipment your chosen hospital uses and about their birth procedure, whether C-section or natural birth, for clarity. This is especially necessary information for the expectant mother and her partner to quell any last-minute anxiety they might face during birth.

Good Information to Know

  • Video support is available for absentee partners of the expectant mother. You may also seek a support person in the case of single mothers.
  • Free medical care is available in every state. For more information, do visit womenshealth.gov or call 1-800-994-9662. Other options include the Medical Assistance/Medicaid program or the child welfare program, both run at the state level.
  • Some maternity websites offer freebies to expectant mothers. Look them up occasionally to claim samples for your child, including diapers, baby milk formula, and the like.
  • You can also read magazines on pregnancy and childcare. There are free publications available—Baby Talk Magazine and American Baby Magazine provide free subscriptions to expectant mothers.

In light of the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s highly likely the mother-to-be might be without a family member or support person during the birth. They might have to end up relying on technology like phone or video calls for emotional and moral support. This pertains only to giving birth at a birthing center or hospital. In such cases, you and your partner need to mentally prepare to be physically apart.

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