Having a baby in 1930 

Posted on September 9, 2011


Today, $66 might buy you a half a cart of groceries, a pair of dress pants or an informal dinner out for two. Close up of hospital bill

In 1930, $66 bought a mom in Kansas a 10-day hospital stay and delivery of her new baby. 

When we came across this scan of a bill from 1930, we were all in awe. One of our coworkers showed it to us here in Well Now "blog central." The new baby born in Kansas in 1930 was her mother. 

She noted:

The first time I looked at this I read $6,600 as the total. But NO! Only $66! $4 per day, drugs only $4.85, and the fan was $1.25 (but only for 6 days out of the 10 day admission!  Imagine Kansas in June…HOT!) Oh, how times have changed. I'm still not sure why my mom has this from her mother’s admission, but that’s probably a whole other story!

Today, the average hospital costs for having a baby is anywhere between $9,000 and $13,000 (according to data from 2008).

Click on the image below to see a larger view of this interesting piece of history.

maternity hospital bill from 1930