Mount Sinai Medical Center
Giving birth is both exciting and very expensive. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, hospital birth costs on average around $10,000. For more complex deliveries involving cesarean sections, the price tag can rise over $20,000.
Every delivery is special, but now there is extra-special delivery. News sources reported that when pop star Beyonce gave birth to her daughter Blue Ivy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City earlier this year, she stayed in a suite complete with catered meals, a flat-screen TV and round-the-clock nursing care . all for only $1,700 per night.
Offering luxury maternity rooms seems to be the new trend at large city hospitals for women who can dig deeper into their pockets than the insurance co-pay demands.
Private maternity rooms at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York run an extra $500 – $850 per night depending on the size of the room and the view from the window. New moms, pampered and spoiled, can order in-room gourmet meals, pedicures and luxury spa services.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles offers deluxe rooms for $2,673 a night that come with a personal care aide to focus on the needs of mom and baby. The bathrooms in the private rooms at Mt. Sinai are, as explained on their website, “spa-inspired” with “decidedly female private baths” featuring Italian glass tile, elegant sconces, and decorative mirrors. Many of these rooms do their very best to mimic a five-star hotel room.
Wealthier mothers are snapping up private maternity rooms as fast as they’re being offered. Giving birth outside of celebrity-magnet cities like New York and LA, new moms can rent “Beyonce rooms”.
For $250 a night over and above insurance coverage, Medical City Hospital in Dallas offers private rooms with a foldout guest bed and large screen TV.