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Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Cutebabies: 7:08pm On Jan 08, 2014

I am leaving first week in April as well, will be travelling with British Airways. I have my visa already but I need to inform the embassy of my intent. Can you please assist with what you told them in the email you sent. What email address did you send it to ? What did you write ? and did they respond ?

Address is (LagosNIV@state.gov). I told them that I already had a B1/B2 visa which I obtained for the purpose of vacation but now I'm pregnant and intend birthing in the US whether I had to apply for another visa. The reply was that my visa covers for that and that I just have to go with the proof of financial capability to present at the point of entry. I'm flying Delta.
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Cutebabies: 4:47pm On Jan 08, 2014

Sounds good, When do you plan to leave Nigeria ? How far is Oakbend from Westheimer ? I'll have to check that myself. Does obgyn/gyn cover pre-natal visits & ultra sounds up to delivery or you have to pay for that separately ?

I should be traveling in April by God's grace. I'm not sure about the distance but you can ask the person you're staying with. Probably she might know or better still, use google map.
Yeah, the doctor's fee I quoted includes pre-natal visits and ultrasound.
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Cutebabies: 4:06pm On Jan 07, 2014
Algunano: Happy New Year House,

I was planning to use El-paso but I am beginning to change my mind. I have a place to stay in Houston with a friend but I am worried about the medical bills. Is there any hospital in Houston that will cost approximately $6,000 for everything including circumcision ? I am due in June and I just need to make sure. A fried of mine told me about a Ben Taub hospital close to her house that offers good affordable service. Does anyone know about this place ? I am also very afraid of the Houston POE. Please I need your advice. Thanks a lot.

Algunano, check my earlier post. If you choose to go with it, then we'll most likely meet in Houston.
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Cutebabies: 9:25pm On Jan 06, 2014
Kindly get a pen and paper, start from page 1 and make sure you jot down hospital names, relevant links and prices. Before u get to the end, you will have the answer to your question.


Someone should please answer me na. Lol
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Cutebabies: 4:18pm On Jan 06, 2014
@ozycy, I bought my ticket through wakanow probably u bought yours directly from Lufthansa. And besides I'm flying from Lagos in April not Abuja in January so it can't be the same amount. I mentioned the air fare in my earlier post because the cost is going up and it's best to make use of the low prices now especially those of us traveling towards summer and not to compare who bought cheaper.

@favoured girl, I got my visa way before I became pregnant and also travelled then. I've sent d necessary mails and still gathering all my documents so by God's grace that aspect shouldn't be a problem.
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Cutebabies: 3:55pm On Jan 06, 2014
@favoured girl, it's Delta airlines.
Cost breakdown: Ob/gyn - 2220
Hospital fee - 2150
Pediatrician - 380
Lab work - 400

Optional: Anesthesiologist - 850
Circumcision - 500

I know I can travel with more than 10k but I won't want to go through the stress of declaring that and that was why why I opted for the card/bank statement.

@ozycy, a friend that introduced me to Oakbend is the one using Intown suites while I'm staying with family. I'll need to confirm from her the particular one she's using. I wouldn't worry about anything less than 30 minutes to the hospital afterall in Naija you'll spend same time or longer to get to your hospital. What I feel is more important is a standby means of transportation which could be a cab driver's number or a rented car.

@jyde2014, I don't understand what you mean by 'outside Houston' cos Oakbend medical centre is in Southwestern Houston and about 30mins from WHMC. Probably u're referring to one of their centres in the outskirts but the only one that carries out delivery is 22003 Southwest Freeway, Richmond, Texas. Both WHMC and Oakbend are in the Richmond area of Texas.
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Cutebabies: 8:56am On Jan 06, 2014
Hi all. Welldone to everyone that has contributed to this thread. You've all really been helpful. I am using Oakbend Medical Centre and my fees come up to about $5400, I will be staying @ Intown suites, Houston for $200 weekly. My flight ticket cost #197,000 as at last week though it has suddenly gone up to #209,000 this week (lesson: purchase your tickets now). I personally think this is a good deal for those looking at Houston axis. Anyone interested could holla me.

However I have an issue to clarify, the doctor or hospital would not accept my payment in advance as it is not their policy. They can only accept my payment when I show up in person. Has anyone had a similar experience and what was it like at the POE? All I have is correspondence from the doctor and hospital with no receipts.
Since I can't carry more than $9990, I want to present my cards and maybe my bank statement to show that I have enough money to take care of myself, would they accept such?

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