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Baby is Here!

February 3rd, 2020 at 06:33 pm

I was quiet this month because the baby is here!

It was a bit of a whirlwind, and although we are settling in nicely now we had a rocky start. They thought she swallowed meconium which she actually didn't. This resulted in a frustrating 5 day NICU stay with a perfectly healthy baby. Lot of tears and upset. What a long story and a disaster. Bottom line is that there was/is nothing wrong with her, and we will making a complaint about the hospital.

We are happy to home now!

The next problem is that I received a letter stating that although the hospital is in network (and my delivery) the dr (whom I never met) who wrote the NICU order is not in network. Which would raise our OOP max from $7k to $14k!!!!

I'm freaking out a bit. I will have to wait and see what the actual bills say. So help me I will not be paying $14,000 for a NICU stay which was unnecessary and I felt we were held against our will.

17 Responses to “Baby is Here!”

  1. LifeBalance Says:


    I think you should be thankful that the doctors played it safe. Better safe than sorry. The fact that she was healthy is wonderful!

    On the hospital's doctor, you should not have to pay out-of-network. The same thing happened to me. The anesthesiologist was out-of-network. That is called a "hidden provider" and the insurance should treat them as though they are in-network even if they aren't. That's also true of pathology, anesthesiology, and any other specialist that was required. It's not like you should be expected to have a chat with everyone that touches you while in labor to see if they're in your network. So if it gets processed incorrectly, call the insurance. I did and they corrected their payment and my EOB.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I agree with LifeBalance...although inconvenient, far better to have an unnecessary NICU stay than to bring a baby home with major problems.

    Hope you can get the out of network figure down. That has to hurt.

  3. Wink Says:

    Congratulations! I'm glad you and baby are healthy, and home!

  4. Butterscotch Says:

    Follow your gut. If you feel like you were robbed of something, experience wise, or if you feel the doctors put you and your baby under unnecessary stress for 5 days, then you complain! There is a ton of emotional trauma that goes on in this country when it comes to the business of birthing babies. It’s all about liability and the mothers and babies pay the toll! I’m so sorry this happened to you. You are not alone.

  5. Andrea F. Says:

    Congrats! Glad everyone is home and healthy.

  6. Lucky Robin Says:

    Congrats on your daughter. What were her birth weight and length? Sorry you had issues with the hospital.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    Congratulations! So glad your baby is well. The frustration with the hospital will fade away with time, but I hope you do get the financial part straightened out.

  8. My English Castle Says:

    Congratulations! Glad you're home, healthy, and happy.

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    Congratulations! Yes, follow your gut. Mother's know a lot instinctually and unfortunately some in the medical profession discount this for various reasons.

  10. mumof2 Says:

    congrats on the newest addition to your family...hopefully since you put a complaint in the bill won't be so high...good luck

  11. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    Congratulations on your little one! I'm glad everyone's home and healthy. Fingers crossed that you're able to get the insurance/NICU stuff worked out. If you get any surveys or requests for feedback, definitely bring that stuff up there as well. Before we left, hospital administrators talked to us to get our feedback, and I really felt heard in that situation.

  12. Petunia 100 Says:

    Congrats on your little bundle of joy! Smile

  13. Carol Says:

    Congratulations on your new baby girl!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ Much happiness to all of you in the coming years!

  14. klarose Says:

    Thanks guys. While I agree it is better to ere on the side of caution with babies. Our stay was way over the top and very traumatic and stressful on both me and the baby. It was a horrible experience and I do not feel we were treated fairly or respectfully. My poor baby got lab work done literally dozens of times, although none of it came back abnormal. They tried to convince us she had jaundice even though her labs said otherwise, then they switched to saying she was dehydrated even though her labs said otherwise. Then they tried to tell us she was starving because I was breastfeeding, and basically threatened that we had to either bottlefeed, tube feed, or redo the iv. I ended up pumping and bottlefeeding twice, which changed nothing. Turns out she wasn't starving. So they gave that up. It seemed like they were just grasping at straws to hold us there for some unknown reason. We have went to a pediatrician since then, and she is the picture of health and has already gained back above average weight. Dr said she is ahead of the curve. So much for a starving baby.

  15. MonkeyMama Says:

    Congrats! Glad that baby is here and healthy.

    Just another story about how completely ridiculous our healthcare system is. I am so sorry you had to go through that stress during an already very stressful time.

  16. Fern Says:

    I'm so sorry that things went awry at the hospital. I'm sure it was awful, but I'm glad the baby is fine.

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