Edit: Additional helpful information.
Location: USA: Oregon
Lifestyle: Middle-class and content that way. I have biologist job, so I'll never be 'rich' and "millions" is certainly an exaggeration.
Maternity leave: I should get 12 weeks of paid leave
Insurance: I have good insurance and it should cost $175 for the 48-96 (c-section) hour hospital stay.
My partner and I are planning on having a simple, quiet wedding and then trying to have a baby in the next 3 years or so. Since I have no real idea how much babies cost I'm wondering if you have any advice on how much to save/put away before baby arrives? I know you can't anticipate everything, but a ballpark number would be very helpful so I can open a savings account and start moving money into once my debt is paid off.
There are MANY different online estimators for costs of the first year of baby-life and they range from $5,000 - $15,000.
Has anyone had a child and felt like they were in a good place, financially, because you saved $?,??? amount before having them? How much did you save?
I'm working on paying off some debt, which is my primary goal the next year or so, but if I have a baby-goal account amount, I can very slowly start to work toward that too. Once my debt is paid off and my baby-account is full I can begin to think about setting up a college-fund for said future child.