Ryan Grassley and his wife welcomed their new baby boy into the world in September. After the cesarean section, a nurse asked Grassley's wife if she would like to have "skin-to-skin" contact with her baby. Of course she said yes, and the new mom got to hold her baby for several minutes before he was swept away to be evaluated. It all seemed unremarkable until a few weeks later when the Grassleys got their bill from the hospital and realized that they'd been charged almost $40 seemingly for holding their own baby.
Grassley found the charge hilarious and posted a copy of his bill on Imgur where it has been viewed more than 4.3 million times. In a Reddit post, Grassley explained that he wasn't upset about the charge; he was commenting how silly it seemed to be charged for the procedure at all.
"The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife's neck/chest," he wrote on the website. "Even borrowed my camera to take a few pictures for us. Everyone involved in the process was great, and we had a positive experience. We just got a chuckle out of seeing that on the bill."
Janet Frank, a spokeswoman for the hospital, clarified the charge in an interview with Fox News, "In the case of a C-section, where the bedside caregiver is occupied caring for the mother during surgery, an additional nurse is brought into the OR to allow the infant to remain in the OR suite with the mother. This is to ensure both patients remain safe. There is an additional charge associated with bringing an extra caregiver into the OR. The charge is not for holding the baby, but for the additional caregiver needed to maintain the highest levels of patient safety."
As for that $39.35, it's already been covered thanks to a Go Fund Me page that Grassley jokingly created. He added that any extra money raised would be put towards a vasectomy "because I never want to go [through] these sleepless new baby nights again."
It was worth the $40. (Photo: Ryan Grassley/GoFundMe)