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For many families, the pain of having a baby doesn’t end in the delivery room.

Now some parents are crying like babies working to come up with the money to pay for their new bundle of joy.

Many say if you don’t have insurance before becoming pregnant, you won’t be able to sign up.

Some companies consider that a pre-existing condition and therefore, won’t take you on.

TODAY.com reported, over the last 15 years, the cost of vaginal deliveries has practically doubled in the United States, shooting up from $4,918 to $9,294.

They said the cost of C-sections has increased 70 percent from an average of $8,268 to $14,055, according to Truven Health Analytics.

MORE: See more on birth costs from TODAY.com

However, the cost of giving birth in elsewhere is much cheaper.

The average cost for an uncomplicated vaginal delivery last year in Switzerland was $4,039 and the average cost in France was $3,541, according to the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP).

That’s nearly half to a third of what it cost in the U.S.

In fact, the United States is the most expensive place in the world to give birth, according to the IFHP.

Experts said the reason has to do with the way hospitals calculate our bills.

Even families with insurance can have staggering bills.

One of the most important things to do after baby is here, check your charges.

Many new moms report bills riddled with mistakes.

They were charged for more nights than they stayed in the hospital or services they never received.

Also, charges may vary from hospital to hospital.

TODAY.com reported they called around and the cost for a c-section varied from $6,000 to $28,000.

Doctors told TODAY.com there is no reason one is more expensive than the other.

The health professionals said others charge more “because they can.”

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