There was no ambulance, no epidural, and no hours of labor in a delivery room—yet a Florida woman who gave birth this year says she still faced a hefty hospital bill that included a $7,431 delivery room charge. "I think that's a little outrageous," says Paula D'Amore, whose actual delivery room was the backseat of her car. Her husband had driven to the entrance of Boca Raton Regional Hospital on April 7, with D'Amore in labor in the backseat, when her baby girl's head emerged, D'Amore tells WPTV. Nurses came out to assist her husband with the final stages of delivery before D'Amore was moved inside. Seven months later, she received a bill.
D'Amore understood and was willing to pay for most of the charges—she did deliver the placenta in the hospital—but she balked at the $7,431 charge for a delivery room. That would make sense for a woman who was in labor at the hospital for hours, D'Amore says, but not for a case like hers. A hospital VP says "the hospital appropriately bills for the medical services and care it provides and has determined that the level of care provided and billing were appropriate in this instance," per the South Florida Sun Sentinel. D'Amore says she'll likely pay the delivery room charge, but she wants an apology. As for her new daughter, D'Amore says "she's pretty quiet for the most part, unless she isn't getting her way. Kinda like mommy." (This new mom faced a $200,000 bill.)