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Viral: Hospital Charges New Mom With $39.99 So She Can Hold Her Baby

Giving birth is never easy.The pregnancy itself can be a challenging period plus labor and delivery can be particularly difficult as well. Of course, the delivery itself may be life-threatening for the mother and the baby.

That’s why doctors do their best to ensure the safety of both. It is, however, unfortunate that there are instances when a hospital charges new mothers with riducolous fees.

Take it from this new mom who recently took it to Imgur to share how she was charged with $39.95 for a “skin to skin” contact with her baby after her c-section. What does it mean? Well that was a more technical-sounding term meaning that the mother was asked to pay forty bucks just to hold her child.

Photo credit: halfthrottle/imgur
Photo credit: halfthrottle/imgur

“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,” the father recalled.

The Imgur post has since received almost 2,500 comments and over 5 million views. It has also been shared by many websites such as BoredPanda, Distractify, and others.

To all parents out there, have you ever been billed for a “skin to skin” contact? For those working in the medical industry, is this really allowed? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.

What Is A C-Section?

According to BabyCenter:

“A c-section, or cesarean section, is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. In certain circumstances, a c-section is scheduled in advance. In others, it’s done in response to an unforeseen complication.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has reported that “about 33 percent of American women who gave birth in 2011 had a cesarean delivery.”

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