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Without our NHS, giving birth in London could cost tens of thousands

Is this the price Londoners would have to pay to give birth without the NHS?

Pregnant women would face huge bills if the NHS was privatised

Fears over NHS privatisation are not new, but as the number of contracted services run by private companies increases, The Mirror has looked into what giving birth could set you back if the NHS was no longer around.

One of the most infamous private healthcare systems in the world is in the US where a straightforward, uncomplicated hospital birth can cost £7,000.

Costs can quickly skyrocket however if the mother needs a C-section or there are often unforeseeable complications in the birthing process.

For those who don't have have health insurance in countries without a public health service, medical bills can and often do leave patients bankrupt.

Hillingdon Maternity Ward

1. Epidural Injection - £2,490

The national average for the common anaesthetic used in pregnant women, according to an independent private healthcare guide is £1,395.

In London however, that figure goes way up, to as much as £2,490.

That's the price of a new boiler and is a big financial decision a woman would have to make in the throes of childbirth.

2. Ultrasound - £302

Most women have at least two of these and they can be vital to ensure the baby is developing as it should.

Privately, it can cost anywhere between £250 to £302 per scan.

Ultrasounds are a vital way of checking a baby's development(Image: SWNS - Bristol +44 (0)1179066550)

3. Midwife - £2,00 to £5,000

Perhaps the most important thing when delivering your baby, a pregnant mother would need to raid her savings just to make sure she has a midwife.

According to Which? midwife packages vary and could be much more expensive for private hospitals.

If you need an obstetrician however, that would require several thousand pounds, with many senior doctors having doubled their prices in recent years.

4. Normal or assisted delivery - £3935

Guy's and St Thomas' Trus t charge this for delivering a baby and a one night stay. Any additional night there will set you back another £950.

5. Cesarean section - £6040 (Elective or emergency)

This is what you'll have to pay there if you need to deliver your baby by cesarean.

Included in the prices is accommodation and meals, midwife care during delivery, theatre fees, drugs and dressings but not a consultant obstetrician or anaesthetist.

The bill for pregnancy may be beyond the reach of most people(Image: PA)

6. Newborn baby check - £250

A paediatric consultant will need to check your baby is healthy before you can finally go home.

All these figures assume you will have a relatively normal childbirth, with no complications and that your baby won't need any additional care.

Depending on the complication you could see a bill for tens of thousands to go with your newborn.

In summary it would be a huge financial investment just to get pregnant and give birth if the NHS ceased to exist.

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