There are more pregnant women in the U.S. than there are pregnant women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are nearly 8 million pregnant women ages 15 to 44.
That’s a 13 percent increase since the beginning of the year.
The number of pregnant women who are also homeless or low-income is up 13 percent.
A new study released Monday by the Center for Women’s Health at Columbia University found that a growing number of women are turning to prenatal care when they can’t afford the more expensive and more invasive prenatal care.
In addition to being a bigger financial burden for women, the costs associated with a pregnancy are more than twice as high for women who need a medical emergency such as a miscarriage or stillbirth.
“Women are increasingly turning to medical emergency care when pregnancy is imminent,” said Laura Miller, PhD, assistant professor of health policy at Columbia and co-author of the study.
“We’ve got to pay attention to the cost of this.”
The study examined the costs of a single pregnancy, the first trimester, and the pregnancy after a miscarriage, the third trimester.
The costs of having a miscarriage are higher than the costs incurred by a miscarriage for a woman who had a normal first tramp.
The study also examined costs for pregnancy related emergency room visits, emergency room care, and hospitalization for pregnancy-related symptoms.
Miller said the findings showed that the costs are often higher for women with lower incomes.
The average cost for a single-tramp miscarriage was $15,000, according to the study, while the average cost of having an emergency room visit was $14,000.
While it’s not surprising to see more women turning to health care for medical emergencies, the study’s findings suggest that this may not be the case.
“The costs of getting a pregnancy under control, particularly for women of lower income and lower socioeconomic status, are not the same for low-wage women,” Miller said.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that women who have a first tracheal or rectal incision and need to go to the hospital for a CT scan can save $2,500 per year in their health care costs.
The study found that women with less than $30,000 in annual household income would save $1,500.
Miller said the cost to treat an emergency pregnancy is a lot higher than any other medical emergency.
“The medical costs associated are higher because of the nature of the emergency,” Miller explained.
“They’re not just an emergency, they’re a life-threatening emergency.”
According to the CDC, one in six women will become pregnant in their lifetime.
A study released last year by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimated that the first birth of a baby can cost $9,000 to $11,000 and the birth of an infant can cost as much as $17,000 for the mother.
“It’s not only for women in low- and middle-income families, but it’s also for women at higher income levels,” Miller added.
Miller and her co-authors have also found that the number of pregnancies for women are up dramatically in the past few years.
While the number peaked in 2016, it’s down 23 percent since then, Miller said, citing the Affordable Care Act.
The U.N. Population Fund, which has been collecting data on women’s health care access, found that in 2020, there were 1.2 million births, up from 576,000 births in 2015.
The United Nations Population Fund also reported that in 2018, 2.3 million births occurred, up 7 percent from 692,000 pregnancies in 2017.
The United States is not the only country with increasing numbers of women having abortions, Miller noted.
In the U, the number was 4.3 percent in 2018 from 4.1 percent in 2017, the United Nations reported.
In 2018, there was an estimated 1.6 million abortions in the United States, according the United Nation Population Fund.
In 2018, about 1.7 million women in America had an abortion, and nearly 10 percent of abortions were performed in the first five weeks of pregnancy, according United Nations figures.