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US father charged $40 to hold baby son in hospital delivery room

By Daire Courtney

Published 06/10/2016

Ryan Grassley was charged $39.35 for skin-to-skin'
Ryan Grassley was charged $39.35 for skin-to-skin'

A new dad's excitement at the birth of his son turned to mirth when he saw a charge on the hospital bill, simply for holding his child.

Ryan Grassley was surprised at the $39.35 charge on the bill for ‘skin-to-skin after C-sec’ – just one part of a $13,280.49 bill for the birth.

His post on Reddit about the bill has sparked huge outrage, although the new dad laughed it off.

"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,” he commented on his Reddit post.

"During the C-section the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. Which of course anyone would say yes to. We just noticed it in the bill today and had a laugh.

"All these internet points I've been showered with make me feel better about the $40. This could be my proudest moment as a father."

A nurse on Reddit offered a possible explanation: "I didn't know that hospitals charged for it, but doing ‘skin to skin’ in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be present just to watch the baby.

"We used to take all babies to the nursery once the NICU team made sure everything was okay. ‘Skin to skin’ in the OR is a relatively new thing and requires a second Labor and Delivery RN to come in to the OR and make sure the baby is safe."

Skin-to-skin contact can be extremely beneficial to babies, especially early on. It helps to regulate the baby’s heart, breathing and transfers good bacteria to the baby’s immune system.

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