Holding your baby for the first time is a priceless moment… but not for this new dad.
He’s been hit with an extra $39.35 on the hospital bill for having skin-to-skin contact with his newborn son after his wife gave birth via C-section.
The US dad, aka Reddit user halfthrottle, posted an image of an itemised hospital bill, which explains the charge was for “skin-to-skin after C-Sec”.
The post has gone viral with more than five million views and more than 2000 comments, mostly from people expressing their outrage at the charge and sharing their bill woes.
User peristaltiicrush wrote: “skin to skin should be best practice and quality medicine. Not a code to bill”.
“The fact that you had to pay for having you(r) baby is just beyond comprehension to me,” user MonsieurBaptiste added.
But user FiftySixer offered a possible explanation for the charge.
“As a labor and delivery nurse, I can kind of explain this. 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,” FiftySixer wrote.
“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.”
Regardless of the reason for the charge, it seems the new dad was taking it in his stride and just found it was an amusing point to share with the world.
“The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife’s neck/chest,” he wrote.
“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 was quick to express his gratitude and respect for the medical professionals who cared for his wife and their new baby boy.
“This isn’t the only bill we will receive but we knew what we were signing up for and have some money saved up,” he wrote.
“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.”