Originally Posted by happydoulamama
Great thread! Maybe someone can explain this one:
With my first baby, we were charged a $1000 flat fee for "Nursery care". My baby was with me the entire time. I called the hospital to ask about it, and they told me that it was "standard procedure" for any newborn. So basically, I was paying for other women to have their babies kept in the nursery while they slept, while I was up every hour feeding and caring for my own. The insurance company paid for it as well! If I would have had to pay it, I would have fought it all the way and they wouldn't have seen a cent.
I can explain this one. Calling it "nursery care" is very misleading. Really, it's all the care your baby recieved from the nurses in the hospital. Just because your baby wasn't in the nursery doesn't mean a nurse wasn't monitoring the baby during your stay. Here are some general cares the nurses probably provided:
-at the birth a nurse was in attendence and ready to resuscitate if necessary.
-after the birth, an nurse weighed, measured, bathed, and examined the baby.
-a nurse or nursing assitant monitored vital signs every four hours for the first day, then every eight hours until discharge to make sure the baby was doing okay.
-a nurse weighed the baby everyday and monitored feedings, ever on the lookout for dehydration.
-a nurse was there to help with breastfeeding if it was needed.
-a nurse was there to provide basic instruction on baby cares.
Everyone is charged a flat rate, whether they had a baby who was a born breastfeeder and cared for by mom, or a baby with a tight frenulum, who sucked on his own tongue, and refused to latch onto moms large and inverted nipples :-) (breastfeeding problems are VERY time consuming for us nurses).
I hope your nurses were wonderful and helpful and worth the expense in your mind - that was what you were paying for.