These New Parents Were Charged For Holding Their Baby After Delivery

Wait, what? A new dad looked over the hospital bill that came in after his wife gave birth and found an extremely surprising charge listed. 

It's no secret that having (and raising) a baby ain't cheap—but this is something we definitely didn't expect to see. A recent Reddit thread is making the rounds online, and for good reason: It features a post from a new parent who was charged for something incredibly surprising during childbirth. The Reddit user's itemized bill included a charge for "skin-to-skin after C-section."

Let that sink in: Parents can be charged for holding their own babies at the hospital.

The original poster in this thread is a new father who explained his family's experience at the hospital within the thread: "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," he wrote.

I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.

It's great that these parents were able to laugh their experience off, but we could totally understand why someone would be upset by a similar situation—and it's just a reminder that new and expectant parents should always look over their hospital bills to make sure nothing seems amiss.

While it might seem ridiculous to charge a parent for essentially holding his or her new child, one commenter provided an explanation as to why this might happen. "As a labor and delivery nurse, I can kind of explain this," the commenter replied. "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."

This explanation does sort of make sense, and the father who started this thread had only positive things about his wife's experience in the delivery room. "It was a very positive experience for us," he wrote. "This isn't the only bill we will receive but we knew what we were signing up for and have some money saved up. It's amazing to watch doctors and nurses work at that level. It takes a lot of sacrifice and hard work to get to that level."

Were you surprised by any charges on your hospital bill after delivery?