This Mom Gave Birth In Her Car, But the Hospital Still Charged Her Full Price

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When Paula D'Amore gave birth, she planned to do it in a delivery room at her local hospital, but her little one couldn't wait.

This Florida mom only made it to the parking lot before climbing into the back seat to deliver her baby girl, Daniella, in the fire lane at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

By the time nurses ran out to help with the birth, Paula’s husband had already caught the baby’s head.

Her birth photographer Paulina Splechta was there, initially expecting to document the birth in the hospital, but was there to document the surprise.

Unfortunately, they also had another surprise. The neonatologist ordered a blood culture on the baby, and the nurse never cleaned the baby before the blood draw, “leading to a positive result causing her to be admitted to the NICU for 24hrs and receive five rounds of antibiotics.”

After two repeated tests (before treatment was started) came back negative, D’Amore said they asked to be discharged, realizing the first test must have been contaminated.

The baby was admitted to NICU, and the hospital is charging the couple a $4,000 NICU charge — a stay that the couple alleges was a result of the hospital’s own mistake.

On top of that charge, the couple was also billed $7,431.45 for a delivery room charge even though the baby was born in a Jeep.

“I give total credit to the nurse who suctioned Daniella when Joe delivered the head, the midwife who finished delivering Daniella,” D’Amore said in a Facebook Live video she posted to talk about what happened. “But to charge a roundabout charge for seven grand, I think is ridiculous. I wasn’t admitted until after I delivered the placenta.”

Here her discharge summary, which states Delivery in car prior to arrival at hospital.

A statement from the hospital to Paula read, “The services rendered were the result of a complex delivery due to a precipitous labor and delivery. Our Labor and Delivery Unit provided additional resources by sending three nurses and a nurse midwife to the hospital parking lot to assist the delivery of the baby.”

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