There's been a lot of talk about the emotional toll having a miscarriage can take, but one woman wants to talk about a consequence that often gets overlooked - the financial costs.
A woman named Janie Faville recently posted a photo to Facebook of the explanation of benefits she received from her insurance company after she suffered a miscarriage.
"Because people don't talk about it, I will. This is how much a miscarriage costs with good insurance. THIS is why we need Planned Parenthood," Faville wrote on Facebook.
Faville told SELF that she has what she believes is "good insurance." She's covered by her employer and has a $1,000 deductible. Even still, the bill for the dilation and curettage procedure she needed as a result of her miscarriage came out to $5,584. She had to pay $1,369.57 of that out of pocket.
Faville said the fact that women have to "pay" for miscarriages wasn't something she'd ever thought about before having one herself. "It wasn’t something that necessarily blindsided me, but it was another thing to have to deal with as you’re moving forward in your process of grief," she told SELF.
"I kept thinking about people who are so financially strained that [the cost of a miscarriage] could make them lose their house or their apartment or their car or transportation," she continued. "Or they would have to choose between that and food."
Faville said that since sharing the photo of her EOB on both her personal Facebook page and in the group Pantsuit Nation, she's heard from several women who were either shocked at the cost of the procedure or had gone through the same thing themselves.
She told SELF she hopes that women will continue sharing their stories and that legislators will hear them.
"I hope women continue to be comfortable enough to share those stories not only on Pantsuit Nation, but also to their representatives," Faville said. "If we do repeal and replace the ACA, we need to keep the pieces of the ACA that make delivering a child—either a miscarriage or a live birth—affordable and realistic for women."