My Yankee Baby – 13 Things You Need to Know About Giving Birth in America!

I never thought I would be one of those women to have their babies in America. For as long as I can remember, I always thought the stress would be way too much for me! I couldn’t imagine giving birth in a strange land, far away from doting family and friends. So, for me, it wasn’t even a consideration.

But when I got pregnant, everything changed. My husband wouldn’t hear otherwise. He wasn’t convinced about the quality of healthcare in our country, and wasn’t prepared to take any chances. Another consideration for him were the diplomatic privileges we would be giving our children, through the dual citizenship.

It took forever to convince me to go. I loved (I still do even) my doctor here, and not only was I convinced I would be in the safest of hands with him, it broke my heart that he wouldn’t be the one to deliver these kids he had assisted God to give me. But in the end, I bowed to pressure and travelled, and gave birth to the girls in the U.S.

Whilst I have no regrets, if I were to be pregnant again, I’m not sure if I would do it again. Asides the diplomatic advantage, I still have 100% quality in healthcare here, as long as you choose the right doctor.

But for those who still want to take the plunge, here are some important things you need to know!

 

1. You need to ask yourself if you can afford it!

Yes, yes, everybody around you is travelling to America to give birth. Good for them! You also want to follow suit? No wahala. But before you take this all-important decision, have you run yourself through a very important reality check? Does your bank reflect enough that can pay for the procedure, as well as upkeep for you and the baby? As a general rule of thumb, the amount you should probably be thinking of is at least $10,000.

If the answer to the questions above is No, my dear, please gently find yourself a good hospital here, and get that dream out of your head. Do not let anybody deceive you about going to America, only to take advantage of their Medicaid to get the benefits of giving birth for free!!!! Yes alright, if you apply for it, chances are that you will get it, and yes, you will have your baby for free. But as you are leaving America with that baby, take a gooooood look at the place, because that is the last time you will ever see that country. Taking advantage in their medical system will ensure that you are never approved for any subsequent visas. So…word to the wise. Don’t do it!!!!

 

2. Have a Good Idea of what the Cost really is!

 

Depending on the nature of procedure you have, here is what you can expect to spend

  • Vaginal Birth (Birth Center, not Hospital) = $3,000
  • Vaginal Birth (Hospital, no complications) = $10,000
  • Vaginal Birth (Hospital, with complications) = $13,000
  • Caesarian Section (Hospital, no complications) = $15,000
  • Caesarian Section (Hospital, with complications) = $23,000

It is important to note that these numbers are for Singleton births. For delivery of multiples (twins, triplets, etc.), you can expect to pay more than this.

Some of you may be saying “Ha! This is not what they told me oh! I was told it was cheaper!”

Whilst it is true that a lot of states are cheaper than others, and a lot of hospitals give discounts for people who pay early, or people who pay in cash, which could considerably slash these prices by as much as half, you absolutely must not use this as the basis of your computation. Always be prepared for the worst case scenario! If you get a heavy discount, awesome! It means you have more money for the baby!

 

3. Decide what State you will be going to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This could be dependent on your budget, or where you have close friends and/or family you could stay with. Both factors are equally important.

If you have friends or family (personally, I prefer family) in a particular state, be sure to confirm that they are willing to take you on. Hosting a pregnant woman isn’t easy, and adding a baby to the mix makes it even harder. Be sure that they are happy to take responsibility for you, assist you with transportation to your doctor’s appointments, or to the shops to purchase essential items, or to the hospital on D-Day. You yourself should also have enough money to take care of your needs, help out with groceries, and generally chip in, so that you are not too much of a weight on them. A reasonable amount to work with is about $500 a month. Note that this assumes that you are no longer doing any baby shopping, and are not paying rent or utilities. This is just the most basic amount for you to get by!

If your options are open, and you are considering the most economical place to have your baby, then you have a bit more flexibility. Here is some information about the States and pricing that could be of interest to you:

 

a. Texas and Maryland

      

Hospitals in these states generally charge the least for all methods of birth. Compared with the average across all reporting states, Maryland hospitals charge about $3,000-$4,500 less for vaginal births, and $7,500-$10,500 less for caesarean births. Only in Maryland is the difference in charges between vaginal and caesarean births under $2,000.

 

b. Wyoming and New Mexico

  

These are the only two states to have seen decreases in charges for caesarean births (between 2009 and 2010). Charges for uncomplicated cesarean birth fell by 12% in Wyoming and by 2% in New Mexico.  Complicated cesarean birth charges decreased by 13% in Wyoming and by 6% in New Mexico.  While no states saw a decrease in uncomplicated vaginal birth charges, Wyoming hospitals had the smallest increase – less than 1%.

 

c. West Virginia, Utah, and Vermont

  

These are some other states with consistently low overall charges.

 

d. New Jersey

Hospitals here charge the most for complicated and uncomplicated vaginal births and uncomplicated caesarean births, approximately $10,000-$13,000 above the average across all reporting states. Although New Jersey hospitals did not charge the most for complicated caesarean births, charges were still $17,000 more than average.

 

e. California

Hospitals here have the highest charge for complicated caesarean births. For the other birth methods, hospital charges have seen the largest absolute increase since 2009. Statewise, only in California hospitals was the difference between complicated and uncomplicated delivery charges greater than $6,000 for vaginal births and greater than $10,000 for caesarean births.

 

f. New York

Charges for uncomplicated vaginal births are as much as 10% higher, complicated vaginal births 13% higher, uncomplicated caesarean births 10% higher, and complicated caesarean births 11% higher.

 

Referenced from: http://transform.childbirthconnection.org

 

 

4. Be aware of other possible charges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, you have an idea of how much the hospital could charge for the delivery, but make sure you are already prepared with your doctor’s fee as well! Yep. A lot of us are not aware that the doctor’s fee is usually a separate thing entirely. Expect to pay anywhere between an extra $1,000 to $10,000 on that…again, depending on the state, and also the doctor’s unique pricing. Always be sure to ask this key question, so you are not surprised when you get 2 separate sets of bills at the end of the day.

Also, and this is very important for mothers carrying twins, triplets, or even higher multiples, be prepared in the instance of your child having to spend any time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The average cost for an infant in the NICU is around $3,000 per day. With multiples, you can do the math. Mehn, when I heard this, I woke up every morning begging my children to just sit put oh! $3k a day ke???? Ah, they had to pity their parents! Thankfully, they didn’t come too early, and didn’t have to stay in the NICU. But it is important to be prepared, so you are not surprised.

Lastly, don’t forget to prepare for the Paediatrician fees too. You think you will just give birth, and leave with the baby? You don’t think a Paediatrician will have to examine this baby? My dear, reality check! Just gently have an extra $1,000 (at least) handy, to take care of this expense.

 

5. Get your Visa

 

If you want to travel with your valid visitor’s visa, you could, but be prepared to speak plenty of grammar when you get to Immigration (both here in Nigeria and, of course, when you get there). Also be prepared with the grammar at your next visa renewal. Having proof of sufficient funds usually helps with the grammar, so, if you do, you should be fine.

But if you are applying for a visa afresh, you’d best apply for a Medical Visa, and save yourself the hassle. The downer is that the conditions for getting a medical visa, especially here in Nigeria, are rather stringent. But a few of my friends have tried, and had no issues at all.

If you don’t want to apply for a Medical Visa, but choose to do the grammar speaking with a Visitor’s Visa, be sure to apply long before you have a bump…preferably before your 10th week. Because no amount of layering of your clothes can fool the embassy personnel. I have seen one-too-many ridiculous looking women in the embassy, and pretty much all of them were sussed out. If you are already showing, just come clean and don’t attempt to hide.

 

 

6. Make your Accommodation Plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are not staying with relatives or friends, be sure to make arrangements for suitable accommodation, preferably near your chosen hospital. A lot of hospitals offer accommodation packages, so be sure to have this discussion long before your trip. On the average, you can expect to spend an additional $1,500 a month, on this. Some are cheaper, some are more expensive. But that is what you can expect, base case.

Of course, you need to make additional provision for feeding, and possibly utilities (if this isn’t included in the accommodation price). Conservatively, this might be an additional $500.

 

 

7. Make your Travel Plans

My friends and I had conflicting views on this. Some preferred to travel direct, choosing those airlines with the 13-hour long haul flights. I, on the other hand, could not imagine such a thing. I had to break my flight. Yes, it meant an annoying transit time in Paris, but at least it gave me enough time to move around and stretch.

So, decide what works best for you.

 

8. Travel early enough

A lot of women can not afford to make the prior trip, when they are about 20 – 24 weeks pregnant, to personally check out the hospital, meet their doctor, and run the initial tests. If you are not able to do this, do try to travel before you hit week 31. This way, you will have enough time for your medical team to monitor you, before the birth of your baby.

Another advantage of traveling early is that you will still have enough energy to do any last minute shopping for your baby. There’s nothing as tedious as hauling yourself through BabiesRUs with a 36-week pregnancy. The last time I ventured out shopping was when I was about 33 weeks pregnant (earlier for me, because I was carrying twins), walking from one end of Macy’s to the other, something I could have done in a sprint before, felt like I was walking across a football field. After that day, online shopping became my friend.

 

9. Don’t forget your Ogi and Pepper Soup Spice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are a Custom’s official, please look away now!

My dear preggo mama, forget what they say oh, you need that ogi! Your breastmilk supply will thank you for it. You might be lucky to be going to a state with enough African stores, so you might not need to. But make sure about this, before you go. Same also goes for pepper soup. Whilst this is not required for breastmilk, I know all mothers can attest to the fact that it is one of the best comfort meals for a new mommy. It’s also supposed to help with uterine contractions (even though I don’t quite understand, or believe, how).

But, it’s not a must. Oatmeal is also great for breast milk, so you can give the ogi a miss if you want to.

 

 

10. Buy enough Diapers and Wipes

If you get there in good time, grab someone with a Cotsco membership, and go buy as much diapers and wipes as you can ship back home. Trust me, your wallet will thank you for it. With $500, I was able to buy enough diapers and wipes to last the girls almost a year! Yep, you heard right. That same amount would carry you for 6 months, if you’re lucky, assuming you decide to buy them here in Nigeria.

 

11. Start making Passport / Visa arrangements immediately

 

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As soon as your baby is born, you have to start making arrangements pronto! Except you want to spend longer than you’d like in the America! First of all, you need to pursue the birth certificate, and then the social security number, and, of course, the almighty blue passport! It is important to get this passport in time, as you will need to apply for your child’s Nigerian visa.

Cue side eye here.

Yes oh. Your pikin needs a Nigerian visa. Orrrrr, if you have all the time in the world, you can apply for a Nigerian passport, and hope for the best. But, for me, when I weighed both options, and the time they would take, I figured the visa was the way to go.

This is not to slag off our Nigerian embassies there…but just to prepare you Mommies beforehand. Our embassies in America are proficient in the art of frustration and time wasting. They will waste your time to the point where you almost hate yourself. So, in your best interest, start early so that you have enough of a buffer for this.

And don’t let anyone deceive you into boarding a flight with your baby, without a visa oh. A few people told me not to bother with the Nigerian visa, that I should travel with their American passports, no shaking. Thank God I didn’t listen, because I later found out that, because the Federal Government now imposes hefty fines on airlines, they will absolutely not allow even a day-old infant travel without the right documents.

 

12. Decide when is the best time to travel back home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, you have to resume work, but please, I beg, biko, ejoo, don’t put a 2-week old baby on a flight! Some say 3-weeks is okay, but I don’t even advice this. My own safe zone starts from 5 weeks. You might think different, so discuss with your doctor and get the clearance from him.

It breaks my heart to hear the cries of newborn babies on the plane. If me, as an adult, just dey manage myself, can you imagine what that baby will be going through?

Oh, and while we are on the issue of travel, if you haven’t travelled with a baby before…brace yourself! It’s gonna be a loooooong flight! I won’t say more than that!

Also be prepared to be harassed about the baby food you are carrying, and possibly even asked to taste it.

And, very importantly, make sure you have enough change of clothes and supplies for the baby in your hand luggage. This is important, not only for the flight, but also in case of any unforeseen circumstances. In my own case, none of the 9 pieces of luggage my Mother and I traveled with made it back with us. Not a single one. Thank God, I had enough of their supplies handy, so by the time our luggage arrived, TWO DAYS LATER, we were still human.

 

 

13. KEEP ALL YOUR RECEIPTS & DOCUMENTATION

Yes oh, it’s in caps for a reason! Not only could Immigration officials ask to see this when you are leaving, they are CRITICAL when you decide to renew your visa! If you can not demonstrate that your treatment was fully paid for, and that you are not indebted to the hospital, or the Government, in any way, my dear…you are O.Y.O (on your own).

 

Good luck ladies! Have a safe trip!

 

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Comments

  1. Nicole Post author

    Sorry guys. There was an issue initially, with the pages. But it’s been sorted now :good:

  2. Bos

    @nicole great stuff!
    My 3 cents.

    1. I think the prices vary i’m not sure you can have a blanket price for each state, also depending on where one has accommodation. I had my son in MD and my bill was almost 20k for Vaginal birth/doc’s bill and pead – in 2010. I was informed that because my bill was settled via insurance that it was about 2-3k more expensive than private pay. That said, my host lived in a high brow part of town so i guess that also adds.
    2. You can actually apply for the passport without Socials but not via post. So you book an appointment and go with baby for passport – same day collection.
    3. I traveled at 35 weeks because my pregnancy was smooth – had no issue, didn’t even know nausea or anything.

    Like you Nicole, i couldn’t go direct, i was so scared i stopped over in London for 2 days before continuing my journey to MD. I had heard so many horrible stories of women whose feet got so swollen, they needed mobility assistance to leave the aircraft.
    I didn’t plan to have my baby abroad, i was fine with my Port Harcourt hospital until DH was moved abroad. With the international medical insurance it was a no brainer to go abroad since it was paid by company medical. As baby 2 refused to come when insurance was available, thanks to oil prices he’s back home so we’ll have to save up next time, coupled with fertility costs – May God provide. If not omo the child will be born here ojare.

    1. Jay girl

      Good morning ladies jus reading this info hia abt giving birth abroad(current situation), also read where sm 1 mentioned that she has sm woman in Houston who can help with accommodation et al.. I have friends and family more in Atlanta and Mary land can I have a such deals der too? I’m stil looking for birth centers

  3. Nicole Post author

    @bosa, thanks so much for this. You’re right, there’s no one size fits all. But o girl, you try oh!!! 35 weeks??! I travelled at 26 weeks, and barely made it. How did you do it?

  4. linda

    Yay!! Finally @nicole (winks). Yes you ladies are right @bosa , this isn’t a project one should embark on unless you have counted the pros and cons. If you cant afford it , or it would be a strain, please forget it, the spending never ends when baby comes, there’s absolutely no need to take a loan for this and incur financial burden. Not mentioning the emotional and perhaps physical stress of being alone as a new mom. Thanks for the info,about that luggage thing, peeps had better not bring story about missing luggage o, it wont even be funny.

  5. Bos

    @nicole my pregnancy was so easy and I wasn’t showing. my gyn didn’t believe my scan. Whilst in London for 2days I shopped a box go my dad to help take back to 9ja. problem when you’ve lived in the UK I just cldnt assign all to US. my host didn’t agree I was 35wks and I was agile till the day.

    On burning bridges, hmmmm Tory long.
    summary, I was to stay with my cousin. we were in same secondary sch were taking to boarding school on day 1 in the same car. we spoke about it and I purchased my ticket then some weeks to go she called cancelling saying she isn’t home and isn’t comfortable I will be home alone. I decided to forget, husby begged and cajoled was ready to rent I said I can’t be alone. Anyways family got involved and I agreed to look for a place close to old friends, sent one an email for renting and that’s how she asked me to come over. and was so loving and wonderful throughout – she also attended my secondary school. she refused to collect cash or allow me pay for groceries so we got bicycles for her 3 kids and iPods for her and hubby when we were leaving. my Mom was still working then so couldn’t come over. lucky you @Nicole.
    my Mom came with dad when baby was 3weeks old (just to make register as they stayed in hotel) so I just used them to reduce my excess.

    1. Nicole Post author

      @bosa, girrrrrl you were lucky with your friend oh! Very very lucky. I went to stay with someone who I thought was as close to me as a sister. Ol girl! Leave story. It was a hellish experience. I have resolved that if there ever is a next time, I will most surely be renting!

      1. Bos

        I have heard so many stories, one was so bad that as baby was born she had to move out.As i got to houston, stayed in a hotel for the night then went to MD the next morning as i couldn’t change my ticket from here. Lucky for me, that pregnancy was easy so no issues. My host was an angel, she made me have my doc. appointments early in the day so she could take me. One day i had to ask her why all the show of love and she replied once in boarding school she had no provision and i opened up my locker for her. I cldnt even remember so truly it pays to do good. As for my cousin, i called her to let her know we were fine. Hus and Sis can’t understand, i didn’t allow that drive a wedge btw us. There is no point, I even visited her when i went in Jan. No need to take such to heart, it’s their home and they are allowed to do whatever they wish.

        1. Nicole Post author

          Wow, @bosa it’s really good to be good! God bless her all over again! Not all people are that grateful oh. She really has a heart of gold :heart:

          1. Bos

            Well you have a point there. Not all people are grateful at all. In fact that’s a story for another day, been burnt nicely.

    2. Kelvin

      Please can you give me the agent that processed your visa .. my wife is pregnant just 7 weeks and I would like her to give birth in the state .. help me with your good travel agent

  6. Bos

    Just incase anyone needs assistance for Houston, i could link with my friend. She recently returned and got a great deal in my opinion. A Nigerian woman opened up her house so about 5-6 rooms with a hospital deal.
    Room was $1,7k/month which included meals, laundry, trips to hospital or shopping and cleaning.
    Doctor – $2,500
    Hospital – $2,500
    I visited her so i saw the facility for myself. Was not bad at all, for those who don’t have a choice but to rent.

      1. Bos

        That’s why i traveled almost 1hr to see this friend ‘cos the deal was wonderful, so went to see for myself so it could be an option. Hus’s issue is the doctor – he wonders why leave Nigeria then go use Nigerian doc abroad.

    1. BOLA

      Dear Bos,
      I am interested in this accommodation package. Kindly link me up with her. 08036707251

      1. Imelda Mathias

        Hello Bos, about the hospital and the accomodation can I be link to? pls 08062608000

    2. Omotola

      Please I need assistance in getting a good hospital deal in Houston Texas. God bless you

      1. Oluwakemi

        Hi Omotola, Bosa has provided the information, she has in this comment section. Please look through. Meanwhile, your number has been put down to protect you from unnecessary attention.
        cc: @bosa

    3. Ayoola

      I need your assistance on child’s delivery me and my wife.

    4. Funke

      I Wang to have my baby in the united states,I’m 19 weeks.I have seen quite some america birth services but I just need to be sure.can anyone help with dat. Thanks.

    5. Taw

      Hi Dear, please can you help confirm the hospital name and contact address or phone numbers? I need this low budget delivery. Thanks a lot.
      Looking forward to seeing your reply to this.

      Best regards.

    6. Omowunmi

      I need your assistance in securing a good hospital and accomadation at a very affordable price. Would have loved Texas but not with the recent Hurricane Imra. Anticipating your response please. Thanks.

  7. linda

    I also have issues with Nigerian doctor too o , lol but let’s see how it goes

  8. Dooshima

    This is such a helpful article! We all want that blue passport but forget it comes at a cost sometimes. The point of carry your pap and peppersoup spices is just hilarious…when I was moving to the Uk in Aug and my mom told me to pack my spices etc…I did’nt take it seriously..oh had I known.Unfortunately I don’t live in the part of the UK that has a large Afro/Carrib community. I learned the hard way mehn….luckily my MIL came to visit and brought supplies..yippee!!

    I have never looked at Knorr cubes with such delight…real pepper…pepper soup spices..my ducros curry and thyme..garri and dry fish..my love for my MIL increased that weekend :)

    This weekend i’m going up to London..I’ve just told hubby we are going to Peckham to find some goat meat and turkey…if I see another chicken breast or steak…ha!!!!

    1. Nicole Post author

      Aaaaaas in ehn! You never know until you know oh, @ddo. Seeing all our local spice just makes your heart want to explode. Ah, you gatsta love your MIL for it oh, especially considering all the James Bond moves required to travel with them. Good luck with your search this weekend. I know you will surely find enough supplies ;-)

  9. Mama

    I love this article. Very useful for those planning to give birth abroad.
    Had my twins in Dallas and I bless God I had a wonderful sis-in-law to care for me there. She was able to guide us on the cost so we were prepared. We were planning for a vaginal birth but eventually opted for a caesarean. One thing I didn’t expect though was the extra cost for the anesthesiologist, and also some ultrasound scan bills came in about a month after I had given birth.

    1. Nicole Post author

      Mama, tell me about those bills coming in the post :dohh: :dohh:. You were so lucky to have such a wonderful person to stay with! That alone slashes the stress in half :yes:

  10. Zintos

    wowww a great deal of info packed in this article. Thanks @oluwakemine for pointing this to me. @Nicole, hmmmm very explained. I will look into this. @bosa, please could you inbox me more info on Your friends hospital and all? @mama, please also could you inbox me more on the Dallas experience. @ldike, looks like you are also planning to….please lets chat on our research maybe we could be going almost the same time hahaha. Many thanks all.

  11. Bos

    @zintos i’ll send you a message with her number, told her about this post then so she is expecting calls.

    1. Christy

      Pls I need d info too as soon as possible.

      Thanks

    2. BOLA

      Bos kindly send her contact to me too. I am very interested. Thanks

  12. linda

    @zintos I also have quotes for 4 Houston hospital. You can use them as a guide to help narrow your options as well as consider proximity to your accomodation

    1. Christy

      Hi,

      Won’t mind to have urs too.

    2. Udy

      Dear Linda,
      Kindly send the quotes to me as well. Thanks

  13. @mavis_brown

    saw this post sometimes last year…. been searching for it for some time now thank God I found it again…
    Getting myself prepared already… but sincerely speaking, I still need to talk to DH about #1 & #2 irrespective of his elder sister residing there, I’m sure as hell that we’ll still sped a lot…
    God help us… Men and their love for kids!!!
    He isn’t even aware I’m pregnant yet but he’s been planning the birth of his kids in the states since we got married emphasizing on the diplomatic privileges we would be giving our children.
    MONEY…… WHERE ARE YOU???
    OLUWA ANSWER MY CALL…..

    1. Nicole Post author

      From your lips to God’s ears hun! Baba God is on the case already! Praying with you hun :hugs:

  14. Oluwakemi

    Lol @mavis_brown, Baba God is picking your call. Given that your DH has been planning for it, the, it is a lot easier to change his mind, concerning nos 1 and 2.

  15. Grace

    Wow…. Oh my God,see my hands and my heart,they are yours,do for me too. Unlike @nicole and @bosa i have always,prayed to have my babies in the state, i have no one there but i dont mind planning for the best offers(make money come o) I will contact you Ladies for help @nicole and @bosa when we are ready o…please keep your phone lines and email open *winks*

  16. kemi

    Hi Nicole,your post was really helpful while planning, used my visa for trips long before getting pregnant, sent the embassy a change of intent letter and also paid hospital bills via wire transfer so my poe encounter was very smooth. However, please can i get contact of those offering paid accomodation(Nigerians) in houston as im not too comfortable with where im staying now. Thank you!!

      1. Shane

        Hi Nicole, great job here. In my case this is the first Visa application. I need as much Help and guidance as I can’t get.
        I won’t mind using a birth center as I believe all will be well plus I had my earlier babies in a maternity home here in Nigeria.

    1. Nicole Post author

      I’m glad it helped, kemi hun. I hope @bosa is able to help you, as I know how it feels not to be comfortable where you are. Hugs to you hun!

      1. lily

        Please kindly give me contacts that will assist me in giving birth in Texas. I will really appreciate

    2. Bos

      Kemi, kindly add me as a friend here so i can send the lady who used them’s number to you for more information.

  17. mavis_brown

    @bosa @nicole @oluwakemine…i’m ready ooo… I need your help!!!
    please, I need those contacts…
    just as I sensed b4, u can’t always trust people with important things of life. My sis in law based in CA isn’t responding well ooo… & weeks are moving to months already!
    I need an alternative asap

  18. toyin

    Please I need information about Houston hospitals

  19. toyin

    @bos pls I’m interested in accommodation please how can I get the information

      1. Bos

        Pls send me a private message so i can respond Toyin for the accommodation, as it’s my friend you will speak with.

        As for the hospital its Oakbend Medical Group – +12812395020.

        Disclaimer: My friend not I used this hospital and accommodation so i do not have a first hand experience.

        1. Mary

          Hello Bos, please I intend to give birth in sugarland Methodist hospital southwest freeway or St luke health hospitalike pointe parkway sugarland .pls if I can get ur friends contact I will appreciate it.thanks

          1. Bos

            Hello Mary, pls send me a private message for the details. Although it seems your hospital is quite far. Its best to use a hospital close to accommodation..

  20. Funmi Ladega-Shodeko

    Thank you so much for this article and all the comments.
    On vacation in newyork; since I needed 1st hand info on delivering my kids here in America, but so far, reading this, I already know all I need to know.

    Does anyone know of any fantastic packages like the ones you hv mentioned in newyork?
    Though I hv a few new friends here, I would rather stay in a rented place with food n transportation to doc’s appointment etc.

    Tnx already…..

    U guys rock!😍

    1. Nicole Post author

      Thanks Funmi hun! My dear, you have made the right decision to stay in a rented place…way less stressful hun. I’m not sure of any packages in New York, but I could ask around. @bosa, as our in-house expert, do you know any?

    2. Bos

      Hello Funmi, i don’t have NY contacts. NY is quite expensive, so people prefer Texas, ATL and co.
      Unfortunately, i don’t know anyone who had a baby there yet to ask.
      Goodluck!

  21. Oluwadamisi Adeyemi

    All the posts here have been wonderful.
    I hope I can get to make use of this info, someday soon.
    Special thanks to @Nicole for this initiative!!!
    You ladies rock😍🤗.

    1. Nicole Post author

      Thanks so much, Oluwadamisi :heart: :kiss:. You will use this info very very soon!!! Blowing plenty baby dust to you hun :dust:

  22. Ade

    Nice post. Please contact me for info if you are considering having your baby in ATL.

  23. swordangel

    Hello Nicole..

    Thanks for your article.. very insightful indeed! I am about 4 months pregnant and really hope to give birth in the states.. no exact state in mind but hoping to get a really cheap deal as hubby is still yet to concede. Also, I do not particularly have accommodation but can source for once I have decided on the state. I’ve been told that Arkansas and Houston are cheap. But, like I mentioned earlier, I need the cheapest deal I can get.

    Please, can you help me with any info?

    Thank you.

    1. Nicole Post author

      Swordangel dear, I would go for Houston if I were you. It’s easier being in a place, or even with doctors, who have a good understanding of us as Nigerians. And it might be an easier place for you to navigate on your own. Arkansas, especially if you don’t know anyone…I’m not sure how easy it will be to cope alone. It might be cheaper, but the additional costs could add up to make it more expensive.

  24. ijeoma

    Wonderful article…
    @bosa I intend giving birth in houston next year, i previously used West houston medical for my last child and stayed with my sister. However, this time around i will be renting an accommodation. My problem is that most accommodation near the same hospital are expensive. Please do you know of any cheap accommodation around West Houston medical center? or even a cheaper hospital and accommodation package in houston?
    Thank you

  25. Vicky

    wonderful article. Thank you ladies for this insightful information. I intend to have my baby in Houston mid next year. We are working on a pretty low budget (below 10k). Any useful information on the cheapest medical options would be highly appreciated. We are making arrangements to put up with family in order to save cost. @Nichole, @Bosa

  26. Bunmi oyewole magnus

    Hello.I am glad I bumped on this.I am suspecting I am pregnant so I decided to look up in how much it will cost.vowed never to have my kids in nija…am sure this article will really help me as I have copied the hospital number u pasted.thanks God bless you

  27. Naomi

    Your Comment…I’m currently pregnant n i intend to give birth to my child in houston. My problem is now d accomodation. Please nicole, can i get a cheap rented apartment. Asap. Thanks

  28. Bos

    West Houston Oakbend West houston Oakbend
    Location Houston Richmond Houston Richmond
    Doctor Dr Rizk Dr Dama Ziworitin Dr Fagbohun
    Hospital fees
    Vaginal delivery 3000 2500 3000 2500
    CS 4200 3700 4500 3700
    Doctor fees
    Vaginal delivery 2500 1920 2000 2160
    CS 3000 2240 2480
    Paediatrician 500
    Lab 700 350 350
    No of weeks accepted 35 35 35
    Upfront payment required? yes (2wks) yes (2wks)
    Pre-registration
    Accommodation (2 bedroom for 3 months) 2250 2250 2250 2250
    birth bill summary (vaginal) 6200 4770 5000 5010
    birth bill and accommodation 8450 7020 7250 7260
    Hospital Contact dana.davis6@Parallon.net; wilma.gomez@Parallon.net; 2815888577 2812395020 2812395020

    Doctor’s contact mwrizkmd@yahoo.com; 2818709600
    (Ethel Jones)

    Thanks to my dear friend who just recently had a baby, that’s her info, you many need to copy to excel to understand it better. @Vicky

  29. Bos

    Better still, i will send it via email @nicole so you can paste, i tried couldn’t get it right.

    1. Nicole Post author

      @bosa, it looks fine to me hun. But you could e-mail it still, and I’ll paste it.

  30. mariam

    good information, @bos pls this accomodation/hospital bill sounds interesting, im interested in the hospital/doc cost as i may have an accomodation already in houston. my last experience was at Oakbend, and it wasnt funny o. hos 2600, dr-2700, epi 1200,nics 1200, lab almost reach 1500, i had to protest o and its was reviewed… at the end of the day over 10k enter the matter. but was what most annoying was that i kept receiving bills in the mail after i had cleared all my bills, it wasnt funny o. i actually heard of a package in Flint Michigan for just 3000, ALL IN, my cousin had her baby there in oct 2016, but the package was cancelled in this new year so im back to square one…so i may be heading back to houston as it is now thats why i need info on the hos/doc cost.
    but really good detail you have here @nicole, thank you. it was quite helpful

    1. Nicole Post author

      I’m glad you found it helpful, Mariam hun! And I feel you about those annoying continuous bills in the mail :dohh:. Very annoying! That all-in $3k deal was fantastic!!! Too bad it got cancelled. Hopefully you’ll have a better experience with the hospital @bosa recommended. Good luck dear :hug:

      1. Omotola

        Is.it not the same oakbend bosa just quoted ? Pls reply

    2. Shane

      Dear Mariam you could still drop the details of the hospital where the 3k all in one package was gotten. We never can tell what else could be available.

      I also learnt birthcentres are cheap and OK for normal vaginal delivery. Please does anyone have any idea

    3. Juliet okere

      Hello, I also had my baby in Oakland, it was reasonable I pend 7,500usd for total BIL I had C section. I think you and try Dr Ezekiel at Oakland.

  31. Damz

    So the test result came back positive today, we’re expecting our first baby 😇😍. I am told it’s better to use government hospital here, then proceed over there in your 3rd trimester. How true is this?
    Also, does anyone know of any all in one package for child birth in Houston. Help a newbie

    1. Oluwakemi

      Congratulations Damz!!! I don’t know about using a government hospital here for antenatals but I guess, if you can stand the stress, you can go for it. If not, better stick with a private clinic.

      Meanwhile, you can look through the comment sections, several users have dropped information that you will find useful regarding giving birth in Houston.

  32. mandex

    Nice info you gat.. nice one @nicole I’m a newbie here will be needing y all help soon concerning Houston hospitals plan on having my baby there.

    1. Oluwakemi

      Hi Mandex @mandex, welcome to our community.You can look through the comment section. Some useful information have been provided that you can start with.

  33. Missy

    Hello Nicole and Bos. Kindly email the details you posted about the accomodation, hospitals, bills and doctor’s contact. My friend advised I use West Houston medical center (please correct me if the name is wrong). I am due in 1st week of June, 2017 and I had a visitor’s visa before I got pregnant. Do I still need to inform the embassy I want to travel to give birth or just explain to the immigration officials at the airport when I travel?

    1. Nicole Post author

      Huge congrats dearie! I also travelled with a Visitor’s visa, and used ogboju for them at Immigration :haha:. But that was Obama’s America. I’m not sure I’d do the same in Trump’s America hun. It might be a good idea to get a medical visa before you leave…that’s just what I think. I heard about a lady who was turned back because she flew Qatar Airways. Not sure how true that story is, but it helps us see what things are like in that country. Just be careful hun.

      @bosa love, could you please e-mail me the details, so we’ll stop harassing you. :heart:

        1. Sunshine

          Bos, thank you soooo much for your generosity. God bless you. Though I’m new here, but you made me feel at home. Thank and Thank.

  34. Tumininu

    This thread is the most useful one, in terms of practical and up to date information. At 5weeks pregnant, I am already looking up information like this – am I overdoing it?
    US$ rate to Naira is killing right now, but we will strive to have an American Baby – God willing. @nicole and @bosa , you ladies are awesome. Thanks so very much for the very useful information. Looks like West Houston Medical Center is very widely used. When I broke the News to my sister who lives in Texas, her immediate response was – You will use West Houston!

    1. Nicole Post author

      My dear, you are in perfect time! It’s never too early! Congrats on the :bfp: hun, and Godspeed oh! This dollar wahala is really something. If you need any more information, just holler :heart:

  35. Ileogben shanu

    Accommodation (2 bedroom for 3 months) 2250 2250 2250 2250
    Thank you so much Bos for the infor.please incase we have a more people travelling in April to houston.so we can pay for this accomodation advertised so reduce cost. Thank you.

  36. Dooshima

    This thread is so relevant right now!! Considering my options… @bosa would you please message me details of the Houston accomodation option…..thank you!

    Has any one else heard of/used these services? They seem to have decently priced all inclusive packages with accomodation and transport for hospital appointments…been corresponding with their contact person and her responses are on-point…but I’m wary of once chance :)
    http://www.deluxechildbirth.com/

  37. Dooshima

    This thread is so relevant right now!! Considering my options… @bosa would you please message me details of the Houston accomodation option…..thank you!

    Has any one else heard of/used these services? They seem to have decently priced all inclusive packages with accomodation and transport for hospital appointments…been corresponding with their contact person and her responses are on-point…but I’m wary of once chance :) @nicole @oluwakemine
    http://www.deluxechildbirth.com/

    1. Oluwakemi

      Hi Dooshima @ddo. I don’t know anyone, who has used them. But I will check them out, see what I get.

  38. Siraja

    Hi Nocole and Bosa, u guys have done the best job. This is the most beneficial and complete information I have received concerning this matter. You are great. Please can I have your numbers so I could discuss with you from time to time about my plans. Nicole, thumbs up. I like people who are open about their experiences and want to help others with it. As for our in laws, may God help us. I still cannot understand why fellow women treat us that way. May God give us the heart to endure and love them and also help us not to do same to our future in laws.

    1. Nicole Post author

      Amen! God bless you hun! You can send me a private message if you want to talk some more :hugs:

  39. Raj

    Hi Nocole and Bosa, u guys have done the best job. This is the most beneficial and complete information I have received concerning this matter. You are great. Please can I have your numbers so I could discuss with you from time to time about my plans. Nicole, thumbs up. I like people who are open about their experiences and want to help others with it. As for our in laws, may God help us. I still cannot understand why fellow women treat us that way. May God give us the heart to endure and love them and also help us not to do same to our future in laws.

  40. Ajoke

    Hi ladies, this thread has been the most helpful one since I started my process. I’m pregnant now and hopefully to go soon before I’m 31 weeks. I’m travelling alone with my 2 year old. Does anyone have tips for me regarding the travel process. I’m going to Atlanta and I’m hoping to use Turkish airline. And also documents I need to have for immigration . Thanks again

    1. Nicole Post author

      Ajoke, congrats on your pregnancy dear. As for the logistics of traveling with a child, do you mean childcare and all that? Regarding immigration documents, back then, I didn’t have to show anything out of the ordinary. I just made sure my ticket was just for a month, and not an open one…because you need to prove that you’ll be out of their country a.s.a.p. But in Trump’s America, I’m not sure if you won’t need a medical visa. If you have a medical visa, you might need to show proof of funding, hospital confirmation, etc. But if you don’t have that, just make sure you have a short-stay ticket.

    2. Sunshine

      Hello Nicole, I really appreciate your kind heart and open information given you are truly God sent. Please Ajoke I’m in similar position as yours, please how were you able to sort it. Thank you.

  41. Deelaw

    Hi Nicole, thank you for this thread. For over a month now I have been looking for an affordable hospital and doctor in Chicago. Please do you know anything about chicago? @bos you can also be of help. Thanks

    1. Nicole Post author

      Deelaw dear, Bosa was kind enough to share the details for the hospitals she knows in Houston. But we don’t have any information for Chicago, I’m afraid. If you want the Houston hospital info, please send us an email at contactus@thefertilechickonline.com, and we’ll be happy to send it to you :yes:

  42. Nicole Post author

    Hi Preggo Mamas. I just got the contact information for a guy in Houston who provides a total package – hospital, accommodation, et al.

    His name: Jameson, and he can be reached on 08123060771.

  43. uche

    @nicole,ur information is very useful to me.pls u said u received ur lodge after 2days.pls why is it so or is it d normal thing

  44. ALLI OLUWATOSIN

    hello everyone this article is realy helpful to me especially,this hn to be my second baby,my husband and I wish ot have our baby in texas at a birth center not an hospital ,we are trying to cut our cloth according to our size lol,read it that hospital fee is higher than a birth center and I want to know if the house pa rent is only applicable to those using that particular hospital or I can also share of this opportunity i want information about the house ren as early as possible,@bosa @Nicole pls help.
    Thanks

    1. Oluwakemi

      Hi Alli, glad that you find the article helpful. There are some contact details in the comment section with which, you can find out more too.

  45. Ebun

    @nicole…….I am so happy I stumbled on this page am 30 weeks gone and will be leaving for the united state Chicago to be precised by next week with my visiting visa to birth my baby the ish I have is people have been advising me to not admitting I am pregnant and try to conceal it some said it doesn’t matter if it’s visiting visa and i’m pregenant as long as I have a mail correspondent with my doc and cash to show for it am just really confused don’t know if my visiting visa and not a medical visa hinder my entry I don’t want to be turned back

    1. Nicole Post author

      Ebun dear, so so sorry for the late response. I was offline for a few days. Personally, I travelled with a visiting visa. I still had a valid one, and didn’t want to go through the hassle. If you can provide proof of payment and all that, perfect. But as for me, I didn’t have that. I just made sure my return ticket was valid for like a month after my arrival. I knew I’d change it, but at least, it showed I had no plans of staying too long.

      At 30 weeks gone, processing a medical visa might be a hard one. You may or may not get it in good time. I would suggest sorting as much paper work as you can, and traveling with the visa you have.

      Good luck hun :heart: :hugs: :hug:

    2. Bos

      I saw loads of pregnant women at houston being led to secondary interview room whilst at the airport a few days ago. The ones who openly said pregnant, here to birth, see cash etc were allowed through. I also spoke to one who had sent email to embassy cos her visa wasnt medical and i will send the response to @nicole to post. They generally send the same response to all saying it is immigration to admit you into the country, show proof of funds and it is not ILLEGAL to have a baby in the US.

      1. Simshow

        I also experienced being interviewed at the secondary room. Had to show them bank transfers to my aunt’s account and the cash on me was counted one by one before i was allowed to go through. spent an hour before i was allowed.

  46. Chi

    Thanks for this article. It’s quite informative. Well done Kemi and Nicole. Please does anyone have experience with birthing centers in Houston. I hear they are cheaper than hospitals but I will like some info on.them.

    1. Oluwakemi

      Hi Chi, kindly go through the comment section again, there were some comments in that regard somewhere in there.

    2. Juliet okere

      Hello,
      Yes I have experienced it. I gave birth at Oak bend hospital, I think they are one of the cheapest.

  47. Kemi

    Hi, thanks for the information . i am 26weeks gone abd intend to travel at 36weeks. Please do you have any info (cost and all) about birth centres in Maryland cos that’s where I’ve got a family friend.
    Thanks

  48. IJ

    Hi everyone, thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience here. I have learnt a lot. I intend travelling within the next 2 months to atlanta. Is anyone here planning same and willing for us to rent an apartment and share the cost?

  49. chichi

    best thread ever.
    this is my second pregnancy and am in my first trimester. i have family in new york. i guess i will have to brave the cost. do i need an invitation letter from my family to show that i will be staying with them if asked at the visa interview. i intend to apply for B2 medical visa.

    1. Bos

      Hello Chichi, Yes you probable need a letter of invitation from your family. I still think the visa would be b1/b2 then at interview you state you are pregnant ‘cos pure medical visa – B2 may require a more extensive checklist.

  50. Akintubi Ayodeji

    What a masterpiece! I was doing a research on giving birth abroad when I came across this thread. I say kudos to you@Nicole for coming up with this well-written article. Your ogi and pepper soup made me double over with laughter. @Bos, you are more than a contributor to a thread, you are a life saver. Thanks sis.

  51. Bos

    awwwww Ayodeji, that’s so sweet of you……Thanks to the Lord.

  52. tecko

    hi all, tanx for this thread. my wife is 2 months pregnant, we want her to give birth in the US. 1st we need to renew her Nigerian Int’l passport. But then i need a complete break down of the step by step process involved in securing a visa. we have a relative already willing to accommodate us and we have cash. I await your suggestions.

    Thank you all

    1. Nicole Post author

      Hi Tecko. Congrats on the pregnancy! Do you want her to apply for a medical or visiting visa?

      1. tecko

        Tanx for ur response Nicole, i don’t know oo. that is why am seeking for help and direction. Pls advice me on the proper step/way to go

  53. Aisha

    Hello Nicole & Bos….

    The write up was very informative and i even saved the link so i can use as a checklist.. Currently I’m 18 weeks pregnant and plan to give birth in Chicago….. i recently sent an email to the embassy informing them of my plans to birth in the US since my visa is B1/B2. Still waiting for their response though. I plan to stay with my MIL… do you think i need a letter of invitation from her ?

  54. Vina

    Pls Sis, I would love to have my baby in the states but have no one there, were do I start

  55. TRANSPORT NIGERIA

    Hello Nicole,

    Just came off your “My Struggle, My Victory” page and I must say am really wowed.

    Thanks for that story/testimony and thanks for this awesome post too about giving birth in America.

    We’ve put up a post covering all of this costs in details for Nigerians wanting to give birth to their baby in USA. I bet your readers will love to have a look. Checkout Giving Birth In USA Cost & Procedure For Nigerians

  56. Simshow

    Thanks so much for this. I’ve tried explaining this to people. Had my baby in Texas last year (outside of Houston o) spent close to $15,000 no complications but had to ask for epidural procedure after prolonged labour.

  57. wunniyi

    This page is so informative and helpful. i have been looking for an information like this for some days now. Thank you Nicole

    1. Oluwakemi

      Hello Nikky, there are some information in the comment section, you can read through.

  58. Cyndi

    Hi bos n Nicole. It’s so relieving to read all this here cos I’ve been worried sick as I’m 16wks gone n I don’t even have an idea when I want to have my baby in d state cuz of d high hospital bill. So pls I would really appreciate talking with You so as to help in my delivery with ur experience n knowledge. Thanks

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