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Yes, Hospitals Actually Charge New Parents for Holding Their Baby

As a practicing OB-GYN physician in the Bay Area, I’m no stranger to the holistic birth movement. From being asked to cut the umbilical cord over a block of obsidian to being sprinkled with glitter as the baby emerged, I’ve seen it all. But one of these practices, known as skin-to-skin, has become the norm throughout most of the United States: It’s now conventional practice in many hospitals to try to get the naked babe up on your or your partner’s naked chest ASAP after birth in an effort to increase bonding and encourage breastfeeding, among other things.
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