Mom Gives Birth in Her Car & Hospital Charges 'Delivery Room' Fee, Obviously

Red Emergency Entrance Sign for a Local Hospital IIIEveryone knows having a baby can cost a small fortune, which is why so many moms and dads count their blessings if and when they're able to dodge a few of the fees. Too bad that didn't happen to Paula D'Amore. This Florida new mom gave birth in her car and still got billed for a full delivery from her hospital. Um, say what?


Although Paula and her husband say nurses from the Boca Raton Regional Hospital did assist with the rest of Paula's delivery in the hospital parking lot (Dad says he caught the baby's head before help showed up), these new parents are still scratching their heads as to why they received a bill with an item for "the delivery room" in the amount of $7,431.45.

Mom shares unthinkable hospital bill after delivering in her own car

Mom tells 7 News Miami that she plans on paying her hospital bill in full, but still thinks this charge is not fair:

I knew that I was responsible for $5,000. I get it. I'm going to pay the bill. That's not the issue. The issue is that I'm like, I look at this delivery charge, and I think that's a little outrageous.

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I can't help but feel some kind of way about this, especially since Paula says the bill for the birth of her baby daughter Daniella indicates she was born in the parking lot.

... And yet, this particular charge on the hospital invoice -- in all of its full amount glory -- still sticks?

The hospital, by the way, has yet to comment.

Call me a cynic, but I don't think it's right to charge the entire amount for a delivery room when Paula didn't even give birth inside one. Yes, nurses helped in the parking lot, baby needs to get checked out, and Mom needs admitting into the hospital ... but come on, not even a wee discount for Paula popping her daughter Daniella out in the car?

Does that not count for something?

(You don't really have to worry about cleanup -- I'm just sayin'.)

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Sadly, I'm not surprised when it comes to medical costs in this country. My husband and I gave each other a high-five when I delivered my firstborn without needing an epidural. Doing a happy dance that we saved some moola, he about fell backwards later on when he got the rest of the hospital bill. Granted, we didn't have "sticker price" shock when our second kiddo came 16 months later, but man, those bills hurt. (More than my episiotomy. Kidding, that was painful.)

Who knows if the hospital will rectify Paula's bill. I'll cross my fingers, but I won't hold my breath ...


Images via Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock; 7 News Miami

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