SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) – Utah father Ryan Grassley discovered a perplexing charge on a hospital bill for the recent birth of his son: Nearly $40 for “skin to skin” contact after his wife gave birth via a cesarean section.

Amused by the bill, Grassley posted a picture of the bill on Reddit this week commenting that he was charged to hold his baby. That post set off a flurry of outrage and consternation on the website with many people sharing their own stories of bizarre medical charges.

(credit: Ryan Grassley / Reddit)

(credit: Ryan Grassley / Reddit)

Utah Valley Hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank says the fee wasn’t for Grassley to hold his baby, but to have an additional nurse in the room for the c-section to ensure mom and baby were safe.

Grassley said Wednesday that he wasn’t mad but just thought people would get a laugh.

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