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The ‘Skin-to-Skin’ Charge: Hospital Billed Dad $39 to Hold His Own Baby

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Nurse to brand new dad: So, Mr. Grassley would you like to hold your baby close to your skin?

Mr. Grassley: Sure, thanks.

So why did Ryan Grassley open up his bill for the C-section his wife received at the Utah Valley Hospital and see a $39.95 charge for “skin-to-skin” for the short time he held his son following his wife Lidia’s cesarean section.

Grassley uploaded the bill onto the social networking bulletin board site Reddit to give users there a laugh and it went viral.

The post got 11,700 comments too! The hospital explained that the cost was associated for having another nurse enter the room to facilitate the transfer and watch dad.

As we all know, the cost of labor and delivery in America is triple and quadruple that of the UK and other countries. When I had my first child 14 years ago, the total amount billed my insurance was $11,000.

I know that people have C-sections in developing nations at decent hospitals and I am certain that it does not cost them that much to have a medically-assisted birth.


“In the case of a C-section, where the bedside caregiver is occupied caring for the mother during the surgery, an additional nurse is brought into the [operating room] to allow the infant to remain in the [operating room] suite with the mother,” Janet Frank, a hospital spokeswoman, said.

Grassley said he was not upset over the charge but thought it was humorous and as a joke he put up a GoFundMe page which had gotten about $125 of his $39 goal as of this posting!

A lot of people didn’t like or get the joke but c’est la vie.

“To be clear I wasn’t complaining or trying to send people on a witch hunt for the hospital,” Grassley wrote on his Go Fund Me page. ” We had a very positive experience during the birth of our son, and the hospital and staff were great throughout the entire process.”



h/t My hubby!

Couples turn to GoFundMe to raise funds for IVF Treatment 


A Utah couple were able to become parents for the first time thanks to the kindness of strangers who contributed to her crowd source fund campaign. 

Last year Lori Linford launched a plea on the GoFundMe site for help in funding the cost of her IVF.

This past May, she welcomed her daughter after years of fertility struggles. 

Linford described her story this way:

One year ago my husband and I started our IVF journey. At the time my husband, Jason, was 42, and I was 37. Our ages, plus a dream I had had indicated that we could no longer delay having children. We had been saving money for years, but did not have the $25,000 needed to begin IVF, so we turned to GoFundMe. There, we were able to raise $5,000. It was what we needed to pay up front the cost of IVF. July 20, 2014 was the beginning for us. It is when I started medications to prepare my body for IVF. Then came shots, egg retrieval, sperm retrieval, and then on September 10, 2014, 2 embryos were implanted. 10 days later I got the phone call that I was pregnant. I couldn’t believe it. I took a pregnancy test (which I had done many times before) but this time it was positive. I immediately knelt down and thanked my Heavenly Father. October 9, 2014 is when we had our first ultra sound where it was confirmed that one embryo had attached. I was devastated that both hadn’t taken, but delighted that we had the one! Fast forward many months and doctor’s appointments later came May 12, 2015, the day our little Lloklan was born. She is absolutely beautiful.

 I am delighted for this opportunity to come back on to the show to raise awareness of infertility, the blessings of websites like GoFundMe where people can selflessly give to others in need, and to thank those who personally helped me get my little Lloklan. I am determined to pay it forward. I give a little money monthly to help others and sometimes a little extra when I see causes I feel prompted to help. I am not at this time able to give much since our savings is depleted, but even a little can go a long way.

They aren’t the only would-be TTC couples using the popular fundraising site to gather funds. 

Folks like Stacy and Mike Musgrave (pictured above) have successfully raised enough money for their IVF treatment. The Musgraves got close to 100 people to donate almost $10,500 in 4 months for their fertility treatment. 

Good stuff! Congrats all!