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Portland is one of the most expensive cities to give birth, according to new study

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Having a baby is not cheap and according to a new study, Portland is one of the most expensive cities to give birth in the United States.

It's not just Portland but here on the West Coast having a baby tends to be more expensive than in other parts of the country.

Castlight Health released the results of the study on Friday. The group looked at the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. and the cost of maternity care. They also studied medical claims data, information from providers and data that is publicly available.

Portland ranked fifth most expensive place to give birth when it comes to having a routine delivery at an average of a little more than $11,000.

Number one on the list was Sacramento where the average cost is more than $15,000. Last on the list is Kansas City, Missouri at just over $6,000.

The report found that having a cesarean delivery is even costlier for Portland parents, with the city being the third most expensive place with an average cost of $18,000. Sacramento topped the list again at $27,000.

The cheapest city on the list for a cesarean delivery is Pittsburgh at under $7,000.

Castlight Health is a company that said its goal is to empower people to make the best choices for their health and health benefits. It looks at medical information from all over the country.

If you would like to see how other cities ranked on the list, visit www.castlighthealth.com.

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