Boca Raton woman delivers baby in car, hospital charges full delivery fee

BOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida woman is dealing with thousands of dollars in delivery charges even though she gave birth before making it to the hospital delivery room.

Paula D’Amore delivered her baby in a car in the hospital parking lot, but said she’s being charged thousands of dollars, months later.

The new mother said it wasn’t how she planned to bring her baby girl into the world. “We drove up. My husband ran out, and I said, ‘She’s crowning,’ and her head came out,” D’Amore said.

D’Amore’s husband caught the baby’s head as nurses ran out of the hospital to help with the rest of the delivery. Baby Daniella was born in the fire lane in Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s parking lot.

“To me it was beautiful,” D’Amore said. “It didn’t matter if it was in my house or in the car, in the hospital — it didn’t matter.”

Seven months later, however, the surprises kept coming. The hospital sent D’Amore a bill for $7,000, which is the full delivery fee even though Daniella didn’t need much help. “I mean like, yes, charge me, but not $7,000,” she said.

Right now, Boca Raton Regional Hospital is not commenting on the case. “They are basically saying that everything was billed appropriately,” D’Amore said.

She said she planned for the birthing costs prior to delivery but since she never made it to the delivery room, she thought the hospital would adjust her bill. “I knew that I was responsible for $5,000,” D’Amore said. “I get it. I’m going to pay the bill. That’s not the issue. The issue is that I’m like, I look at this delivery charge, and I think that’s a little outrageous.”

D’Amore said she will pay the delivery room fee even though her bill clearly said the baby was delivered in the car prior to her arrival.

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