First real world lesson for this baby: nothing is for free - not even hugs.
Redditor, 'halfthrottle' posted an image of the hospital bill he and his wife received after the birth of their son.
It shows many of the standard services and their fees, with a total charge of just over $13,000 USD.
One specific charge had parents chuckling in surprise - Skin To Skin After C-Sec 1 - $39.35.
That's right people, get baby's first hug for the low, low price of $39.35 - act now and get yours today!
According to nurse and Reddit user, FiftySixer, this hospital "hug charge" must have been for an additional nurse.
"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."
I didn't know parents needed supervision to hold their own children.
Canadian, Australians and Europeans were shocked to see the bills. Residents don't see medical bills as their healthcare systems are publicly funded.
What do you think? Should American families be charged for their baby's first skin to skin contact?
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