Nicole over at Bellies and Babies just posted an excellent critique of the lucrative epidural industry.
Did you know that the average medicated hospital birth costs $7,500 - $12,500 (or as much as double that for cesareans)?
Or that in America, an epidural costs anywhere from $800 to $2500, depending on the hospital and community?
Are you aware that The United States spends more money on birth ($50,000,000,000/year) than any other nation in the world (without getting better results)?
Did you know that many pharmaceutical companies offer incentives and bonuses for the 'top sellers' in any given hospital or practice? Nicole offers up these infuriating facts and goes on to say,
"In fact, my OB told me that one such rep offered a new plasma TV to the OB with the most medicated births in the first month of the new year from the hospital I was planning on birthing at. As I have said time and time again, the majority of hospital policies are based on financial goals and protection from litigation."
The piece is a must-read. While you're there, bookmark the site!