On Twitter the other day I asked people’s opinions about whether or not I should bring my own unopened bottle of Ibuprofen and stool softeners. (Ibuprofen for any after birth pain and stool softeners to make things come out more easily in case there is tearing involved after labor and delivery.)
Many people told me not to worry about it. ”That’s what insurance is for”, they said. Oh, I only wish it were that easy!
After I explained that we are maternity insurance-less (see how much having a baby costs without it here), and the fact that I’ve heard that just one pill can cost between $25-$50, I wanted to make sure that I was prepared. After all, who wants to spend more money than they have to, right?
I put in a call to the hospital that I will be delivering baby T. at three days ago. You can imagine how surprised I was when they called me back today; I had totally forgotten about it.
The financial counselor, or whatever her official title is, told me that I needed not to worry because pills, food, room & board, diapers, bulb syringes, and anything else baby-related is covered in the price that we paid. Whew. What a relief to hear that!
She said that the only, and I made sure of this, way that we would get a bill for anything extra is if there are complications and the baby has to stay in the NICU. (Please, please, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers that when the time comes he is healthy and won’t need to stay there.)
So while this whole baby thing has come with surprises, I am pleasantly happy with the fact that something seems to go our way and that pills will be provided at no additional cost to us.
After all, we’ve already paid the $3500 for it!
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