HOSPITAL CHARGES NEW MOM FOR THE UNTHINKABLE!
A proud papa of a new born son says he’s still trying to figure out why a hospital added an extra charge to the bill because his wife held the baby immediately after a C-section.
Her husband told Vox.com his wife was asked if she wanted “skin to skin” after the baby was born. Of course, his wife readily agreed not knowing that the hospital was going to charge the couple an added $39.35. It wasn’t until they got home and studied the bill that the new parents spotted the additional charge.
The new dad said although he wasn’t angry at the hospital, he did question the charge.
“The hospital did a great job delivering my son but this does show the absurdity of American health care,” he stated.
He said the nurse was great and even let him hold the newborn baby to his wife’s neck/chest. She even borrowed a camera and took some photos of us.
“Everyone involved in the process was great and we had a very positive experience but we did get a chuckle out of seeing the charge on the bill.” The husband said.
He added that when he questioned the charge, hospital staff gave him this explanation.
“The “skin to skin” procedure requires an additional nurse to watch the baby while it’s being held by the mother.”
The Labor and Delivery Nurse admitted to the husband that she didn’t realize the hospital charged for it but doing a “skin to skin” requires an additional staff member be present just to watch the baby.
The nurse added that immediately after birth, the new born babies used to be taken immediately to a nursery to make sure they are okay. However, “skin to skin” is a relatively new idea and it does require a second Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse to be in the OR to make sure the baby is safe.
The Vox reporter, after hearing the story, said he attempted to find out what the cost of an “uncomplicated birth” would be before the actual event occurred but after numerous phone calls to various agencies he was stumped. His conclusion, the consumer is offered very few options regarding prices until after the treatment is completed.
“It’s significantly easier to find out how much it cost to park at a hospital than how much it will cost to get treatment.”