February 11th, 2015
Episode 155 of 734 episodes
The BBC's Mariko Oi explores the global costs of childbirth as she compares her own experiences through pregnancy and preparation for motherhood. She speaks to the OECD about why expensive healthcare doesn't always equate to quality of care. Plus Tom Sackville, chief executive of the International Federation of Health Plans, explores why birth in the US is so expensive. Katy Watson in Brazil speaks to a mother about why many women in the country opted for an elective caesarean, and private healthcare. Plus Shilpa Kannan in India reports on the problems of juggling childcare and employment for an increasingly female workforce.