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The Cost of Parenting
The Cost of Parenting
A Cesarean Section, Now for Only $71,000

If you’re having a child in California, it could cost you anywhere from $3,296 to $37,227 just for a routine delivery—or as high as $71,000 for a cesarean section. The expense of childbirth is still enormous, especially when paired with the after-birth costs of diapers, formula, daycare in two-earner families, and other baby memorabilia like cribs and strollers. Add all those costs to the enormous amount spent at an average wedding, and you start to get a sense of the large financial disincentives young adults contemplating marriage and children face.

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