Now that the whole Mzansi knows Gosiame Thamara Sithole really gave birth to 10 babies, whom they fondly named as the Tembisa 10 it’s only reasonable to consider the expenses that come with raising so many babies. A lot of people have been wondering how much it will cost, whether she and her husband will manage to take care of the bundle of joys financially. And what’s it will actually cost them, well we will break it down for you.
Babies are expensive even way before coming to this world. First, a pregnant woman needs to ensure that she eats healthy and we know a change of diet might be costly. Pregnant South African women have two options for their antenatal care; public or private healthcare.
Antenatal visits are free at government facilities across the country. However, you may have to encounter long waits and unhappy nursing staff from time to time. You also will not be able to see your babies during clinic visits as sonar scans are only done once or twice during the final trimester and that’s if the facilities have the machines.
With private antenatal healthcare, one can visit a GP who will be slightly cheaper than an ob-gyn. However, a GP will not provide the specialist care and insight of an ob-gyn.
A midwife can a happy medium between the two.
GP visit: R500
Midwife consultation: R600p/h
Ob-gyn consultation: R2,000 initially and R1,100 every visit thereafter.
We jump to giving birth which is free at public hospitals and Without medical aid, delivery at a private healthcare institution can cost anything between R29,400 (with The Birthing Team) and upwards of R60,000 at hospitals like Netcare and Mediclinic. . Now turning to taking care of the newborn babies. Todaysparent.com has a very handy list of everything you will need before your baby is born. The list is very extensive so we cut it down to the bare necessities.
In their first few weeks of life, infants need a number of things from clothes, to formula, toiletries and nappies. Nappies are a popular gift item at baby showers and they tend to go quickly.
To cover the costs of nappies for the 10 babies in their first month, Sithole and her husband would need to pay an estimated R10,259.20.
That would cover 40 jumbo packs of new baby size 1 Pampers containing 96 nappies – assuming that one child goes through 1 pack per seven-day week in a month.
It would also cover all the tubes of barrier cream if each child had a tube of their own as well as 24 packs of Clicks baby brand wet wipes to cover a 30-day period.
Newborn baby budget
Newborn baby budget. Picture: Screenshot
*Some of the items were calculated on a “per baby” basis. However, Sithole and her husband may need to buy less as they can share certain items. They may also be able to do without the strollers in the early days
With 10 babies on her hands, Sithole will definitely need professional help and one nanny is not going to cut it.
If you are looking to pay a nanny fairly for a day’s work, the national minimum wage dictates an hourly rate of R21,69 with effect from 01 March 2021.
R21.69 x 8 = R173.52 per day.
R173.52 x 20 = R3470.40 – and that’s only enough to cover a nanny looking after one child for eight hours a day.
All of this excluding the cost of the mandatory vaccines the babies will need, the possible medical costs arising from routine doctors visits, the cost of food when they start eating solids and the amount of electricity that will be consumed by their needs.
At a minimum, Sithole and her husband would need about R40,000 to start if they seek medical care at public facilities and that’s an incredibly conservative estimate.
*These costs are all based on research and estimates. Newborn costs may vary from person to person.