The joy babies bring new parents is priceless, but the little bundles of joy ain't cheap.
A hospital recently charged a new mom $39.35 to hold her own baby after she gave birth.
Yes, you read that correctly. She literally had to pay to touch the new life she brought into the world.
What a country we live in!
The woman's husband posted the hospital bill to Reddit.
If you take a look at the bill, it shows a $39.95 charge for "SKIN TO SKIN AFTER C-SEC.”
The husband elaborated on what this meant on Reddit,
Most people probably wouldn't assume they'd be charged to hold their own child. It's the most natural thing to do once the baby is born.
But it's apparently not free.
In the comments for the dad's post on Reddit, a labor and delivery nurse expanded on why these parents were likely charged for holding their own newborn,
While these parents seem to have a pretty good attitude about this, it's emblematic of how expensive healthcare in the US can be. This is especially true when it comes to childbirth.
The cost of childbirth differs greatly from city to city in the US.
But the average national cost of a routine vaginal delivery is $8,875, while the average national cost for c-sections is $11,525, according to data from Castlight Health.
Long story short, bringing a little human to life is amazing, but it costs a lot of money.