Dad charged $39.35 to hold baby after birth

A new father says his hospital’s bill included a line for ‘skin to skin’ contact after his wife gave birth.

The photo was posted to Reddit Monday by user halfthrottle.

In the Reddit discussion, the dad wrote, “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 to. We just noticed it in the bill today and had a laugh. All these internet points I’ve been showered with make me feel better about the $40. This could be my proudest moment as a father.”

The rest of the comments included speculation about the reason for the line-item. A user claiming to be a nurse said that doing ‘skin to skin’ in the operating room requires an additional staff member to be there. The extra charge was likely to cover that person’s presence.

Others joked that an entire forum should be dedicated to the posting of odd hospital bills. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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