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New father outraged after hospital charged him $40 for having skin contact with baby boy

By Mason White 5:34 PM October 5, 2016
Ryan Grassley baby boy 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A new father in Utah, expressed his anger after a hospital charged him a fee for holding his baby immediately after his wife gave birth.

Ryan Grassley of Spanish Fork, uploaded a photo of his hospital bill on Reddit, where thousands of people spoke out against the fee of $40 charged by the Utah Valley Hospital.

On September 4, the hospital charged the fee for “skin to skin after C-section.” In total, Grassley was charged $13,000 for the birth.

Grassley complained that the hospital charged him for holding his baby boy near his wife’s neck after she gave birth. Grassley’s photo has received more than 6,000 upvotes and 11,300 comments.

“On September 4th my son was born. In the operating room, the nurse asked if we wanted to do skin to skin as soon as possible after he was born.

“After the C-section, our baby was cleaned up and ready for skin to skin. Later, we both got a laugh about the itemized bill with a $39.35 charge for skin to skin time,” Grassley wrote on GoFundMe.