Hospital Has Been Questioned Over A Bizarre Charge
A dad claims a hospital charged him $30 to hold their newborn son.
Ryan Grassley said he had to pay the fee, for him and his wife to hold their tiny newborn immediately after he was delivered by C-section.
The Utah father snapped the bill, which included a charge for ''skin-to-skin after c-sec," on Reddit - with readers offering a mixed rection.
Grassley said when his son was born at Utah Valley Hospital on September 4; the operating room nurse asked if they wanted to ‘skin to skin’.
They agreed, and the baby was then cleaned up and prepared for time with the mother. The practice, viewed to have many benefits, is when a new baby’s bare skin is placed against its mother’s to help them bond.
Posting on Reddit under the username Halfthrottle, Grassley wrote ‘’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.
However, he admitted he was not annoyed by the charge but ‘’thought it was funny." And many people agreed, with one user backing the charge.
DerDiscoFuhrer wrote: "The additional cost for "Skin to skin after c-sec" comes about because of the need for an additional nurse in the operating room, to make sure that the baby is well during the holding.
The hospital released a statement about the charges saying ‘’In general, Utah Valley Hospital is an advocate for skin-to-skin contact between a mother and newborn directly after birth. Skin-to-skin is a best practice with proven benefits for both mum and baby.
"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 operating room to allow the infant to remain in the suite with the mother.’’
"This is to ensure both patients remain safe. There is an additional charge associated with bringing another caregiver into the OR.
"The charge is not for holding the baby, but for the other caregiver needed to maintain the highest levels of patient safety.”