Yes. You read that right. Dad shares on reddit how he was charged a skin to skin fee after his baby was born.

Sharing on reddit, user halfthrottle wrote, “I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born”. Along with an image of the bill, the Reddit user explained more in a few comments, he wasn’t exactly mad about the charge — he said the hospital did a great job delivering his son.

“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 too. We just noticed it in the bill today.”

“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.”

One commenter explained, “As a labour 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. 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 had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.

Share your comments below.

Read more:

Image via stock photo

We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.
  • Why do so many articles refer to things in the US without proper mention of it?


  • Wondering if private patients pay it here in Australia? Can see it means a nurse has to be there for it, but is a high price if this what it cost for the nurse to be there.


  • The american health system is ridiculous!


  • To be honest I think it’s bizarre !


  • It sound’s strange to pay to hold your baby!


  • Very interesting. Must be overseas


  • Is this a new practice, and is it in Australia or overseas?


  • I wonder if this was in Australia. My hubby and I both had skin to skin contact after my C-Section but there was no charge.

    • I had the same question as I have never heard of this charge and had skin to skin contact.


  • This looks quite weird to me! Is it common practice?


  • PIty they didn’ show Dad with his hand on the baby lying on this Mum. He probably wasn’t actually holding the baby as such if not in his arms.


  • According to the article they were asked ….during……the C-Section….not before. Did they call another nurse in??? Surely the nurse who takes the baby for weighing etc should be able to do that. Did they ask for the photo to be taken or did the staff just offer to do it. Yes, you would agree to definitely want to hold your baby…but you wouldn’t expect to be billed for it.


  • Interesting – never heard of this. Is this in Australia?


Post a comment
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

Add a photo
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like


Looks like this may be blocked by your browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating