“How is pizza $176, and how do they charge me for weighing my daughter on my own chest?”@jandjfamily1/TikTok
People took to the comments section of the post to share their thoughts, many of which were just as surprised and saddened that skin-to-skin could be costly.
One person wrote: “Charging for skin to skin is the saddest thing I’ve ever heard.”
“These hospital bills be OD!!!!!! Ours totaled 33K,” another added, revealing what they had to pay.
A third wrote: “Lmao, they had my boy eff’d up with that skin-to-skin charge,” and Jenny responded: “My husband is ready to tear the hospital up for that charge.”
Someone else, who invites people to come abroad to Europe to have children, added: “THEY CHARGE FOR SKIN TO SKIN WITH THE BABY YOU BIRTHED? I invite all of you to Norway/Europe in general.”
A similar situation of being charged for skin-to-skin contact also happened to another.
In October 2016, CBS News reported that a Utah man named Ryan Grassley had to pay $39.95 to hold his baby immediately after the child was delivered via cesarean section.
Skin-to-skin contact is where a baby’s bare skin is placed against its mother to promote bonding.
Grassley and his wife had a “positive experience” but “got a chuckle out of seeing that on the bill.”
Janet Frank, a spokeswoman for Intermountain HealthCare’s Utah Valley Hospital, told the outlet there was a charge for skin-to-skin contact for bringing another person into the operating room (OR) and for the safety of the mom and baby during the cesarian delivery.
Indy100 reached out to Jenny and Josh via email for comment.
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