Dad Charged $39 For Holding His Newborn

By: Beau Daniels

Many say the cost of health care is crazy. How about this. A dad was charged $39 to hold his newborn, “I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born. The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife’s neck/chest. Even borrowed my camera to take a few pictures for us. Everyone involved in the process was great, and we had a positive experience. We just got a chuckle out of seeing that on the bill.”

Yahoo posted the bill here. Interesting to see the 3 grand for the C-section and then the cost of holding the newborn listed as “SKIN TO SKIN AFTER C-SEC.”

A spokesperson from the hospital explained the bill, “In the case of a C-section, where the bedside caregiver is occupied caring for the mother during surgery, an additional nurse is brought into the OR to allow the infant to remain in the OR suite with the mother. This is to ensure both patients remain safe. There is an additional charge associated with bringing an extra caregiver into the OR. The charge is not for holding the baby, but for the additional caregiver needed to maintain the highest levels of patient safety.”

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