How Much Is Epidural In south Africa

What is Epidural?

An epidural is a procedure that injects a local anaesthetic in to the space around the spinal nerves in your lower back.


This anaesthetic usually blocks the pain from labour contractions and during the birth very effectively. With an epidural you can usually move and can push your baby out when you need to.

How Much Is Epidural In south Africa?

In addition, an epidural costs R1,700 – R1,920 and an emergency caesarean ranges between R17,660 – R35,240, depending on how long you stay and the type of room you request (semi-private or private).

Do South African hospitals offer epidural?

Epidural anaesthesia has become a popular and effective form of pain relief during childbirth. However, this service is not readily available in public sector hospitals in South Africa, where natural birth with minimum intervention is the norm.

How much does it cost to have a baby in South Africa?

At a private hospital, a natural birth will cost you more than R9 000 for the first day, and an epidural will cost almost R2 000 extra.

For caesarean-section moms, your first day will cost almost R13 000. If you’re planning to stay a little longer and need the nursery, the cost is just over R3 000 extra per day.

During which stage of childbirth does the water break?

In most cases, the sac will break when the woman is at full term (39 weeks to 40 weeks and 6 days). Sometimes, however, the water may break before this.

This is known as preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM). PPROM affects around 3–10% of all deliveries.