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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:06 AM

My wife is insistent on getting a private room for after she goes into labor (recovery room). I dont see what the big deal is but if the cost isnt too exhorbitant I dont mind doing it for her. Anybody do this? Do you have to reserve the room ahead of time? I tried finding answers on our hospital's website but didnt find anything helpful. Im sure when it comes closer to the day Ill do more research but I just wanted to get an idea in my head ahead of time to prepare myself.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:10 AM

We got a private room when we had our kid, though I am not sure how much it cost -- do they even want people in labor to share rooms?

I do know that the total bill from our delivery would have been 40k without health insurance.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:12 AM

We got a private room when we had our kid, though I am not sure how much it cost -- do they even want people in labor to share rooms?I do know that the total bill from our delivery would have been 40k without health insurance.

Did your insurance company cover a private room?
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:13 AM

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:16 AM

I don't remember what hospital costs would have been when my kids were born, but my wife was in the hospital for 3days/2nights after a traffic accident and received a "this is not a bill" statement for $20k. Hers was the only bed in the room, so I guess that would have been considered a "private room".


ETA: she was in the hospital this past December.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:20 AM


We got a private room when we had our kid, though I am not sure how much it cost -- do they even want people in labor to share rooms?I do know that the total bill from our delivery would have been 40k without health insurance.

Did your insurance company cover a private room?

I am struggling to remember what the details were. I do not believe we paid extra to get any special type of room, and didn't pay anything beyond the deductible / a few hundred bucks.I think there's a difference between the labor/delivery room (which is private? at least I can't imagine going through all that with another screaming woman in the next bed) and the recovery room where you stay after the baby is born. I think if we paid anything it would have been to have that recovery room be private.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:23 AM

Private room for labor or recovery? Where we had our kids, all labor and delivery rooms were private. Recovery rooms were either shared (covered by insurance) or private (not convered by insurance). I believe we payed $100/night for a private room. Well worth it, IMO.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:24 AM

Also, where my wife delivered, we just checked a box on the registration forms saying we'd like a private recovery room. Once one was available, we got one.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:25 AM

For minor recoveries a deluxe suite & a private nurse comes out cheaper.
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:41 AM

I was talking about the recovery room. $100/night is worth it IMO. I guess I'll call the hospital to find out.
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:57 AM

I was talking about the recovery room. $100/night is worth it IMO. I guess I'll call the hospital to find out.

You'll only be in recovery 2 nights for a VB. 3 for a C. YMMVThat being said 100 extra seems kinduv low for a suite/private. The hospital I was at was all private rooms. They were shoeboxes that you could barely turn around in, but were private. Private rooms in hospitals are probably overrated given people will barge in on you 2-3x an hour anyways. Though I don't know if I could deal with two newborns in the room at the same time plus all the family visitors coming and going.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 08:06 AM

private rooms at our hospital sound suite

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 08:08 AM

w/ OK insurance our total labor & delivery cost was around 3500

we stayed from Friday night until Monday morning.


YMMV

eta: and we had a pretty swank room. same setup as yours will have from the looks of your last post.

Edited by mr. furley, 05 March 2009 - 08:09 AM.


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Posted 05 March 2009 - 08:15 AM

w/ OK insurance our total labor & delivery cost was around 3500we stayed from Friday night until Monday morning.YMMVeta: and we had a pretty swank room. same setup as yours will have from the looks of your last post.

They have a pic of it on the website. It looks like a friggin hotel room.BTW you paid 3500 out of pocket or you mean insurance picked up most of that tab?
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 08:27 AM

We've had 2 children within the last 2 years and both times we've had private rooms (whatever our insurance covered). I think we had to pay $200-$250 or something like that for the entire thing (deductible?).

Our hospital had a certain number of single (private) rooms and a certain number of doubles. A friend of ours is a nurse in the L&D there and she said they basically fill up the singles (1st come 1st serve), and then put one mother in each of the doubles until there were no more empty ones before doubling back and pairing people up.

I've never heard of this option to pay out of pocket specifically for the rooms.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 08:29 AM

My wife had a private room for our first and only kid. Didn't know there was a such thing as having more than one woman recovering in a room at a time.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 08:33 AM

My wife is insistent on getting a private room for after she goes into labor (recovery room). I dont see what the big deal is but if the cost isnt too exhorbitant I dont mind doing it for her. Anybody do this? Do you have to reserve the room ahead of time? I tried finding answers on our hospital's website but didnt find anything helpful. Im sure when it comes closer to the day Ill do more research but I just wanted to get an idea in my head ahead of time to prepare myself.

We had a baby in October, the private room was $800 a night at Roosevelt-St Lukes in midtown, insurance covered none of it.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 08:35 AM

BTW - labor & delivery was all covered, so the private room was the only thing we paid out of pocket.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 08:42 AM

I just IM'ed my wife, she said it was $400. Everything else was covered.
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:28 AM


w/ OK insurance our total labor & delivery cost was around 3500we stayed from Friday night until Monday morning.YMMVeta: and we had a pretty swank room. same setup as yours will have from the looks of your last post.

They have a pic of it on the website. It looks like a friggin hotel room.BTW you paid 3500 out of pocket or you mean insurance picked up most of that tab?

yeah. insurance covered a lot of it. i think if we had to pay all out of pocket it would have been well over 20k. w/ insurance we wound up paying appx 3500 out of pocket after all the bills finally stopped rolling in about 3-4 months after birth (kid is 6 months old now).no idea what the individual room cost. it was 3500 for all including lodging, drugs, etc.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:33 AM



w/ OK insurance our total labor & delivery cost was around 3500we stayed from Friday night until Monday morning.YMMVeta: and we had a pretty swank room. same setup as yours will have from the looks of your last post.

They have a pic of it on the website. It looks like a friggin hotel room.BTW you paid 3500 out of pocket or you mean insurance picked up most of that tab?

yeah. insurance covered a lot of it. i think if we had to pay all out of pocket it would have been well over 20k. w/ insurance we wound up paying appx 3500 out of pocket after all the bills finally stopped rolling in about 3-4 months after birth (kid is 6 months old now).no idea what the individual room cost. it was 3500 for all including lodging, drugs, etc.

wow that sounds like alot of money. I figured insurance would pick up most of the tab (except for copayments and room, etc)
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:42 PM

My wife had a private room for our first and only kid. Didn't know there was a such thing as having more than one woman recovering in a room at a time. :lmao:

:lol:from what i heard, it's teh suck... you can only have the daddy in the room during the day and when the other mother is okay with it. and you can't sleep in the room overnight. at least that was how things were at our hospital.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:47 PM

I was talking about the recovery room. $100/night is worth it IMO. I guess I'll call the hospital to find out.

We were at NY Presbyterian on 61st st and it definitely wasn't $100 otherwise everyone would do it...I have to think it was more like $400 or so Plus and certainly not covered by insurance.... I'll ask though...I just googled it an I think it's $650..... That's more like it.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:49 PM


My wife had a private room for our first and only kid. Didn't know there was a such thing as having more than one woman recovering in a room at a time. :hot:

:bag:from what i heard, it's teh suck... you can only have the daddy in the room during the day and when the other mother is okay with it. and you can't sleep in the room overnight. at least that was how things were at our hospital.

It wasn' tlike that for us at all.. As long as the other person doesn't mind, you can sleep there - and the room has a divider... I went home (and to a bar!!!)During the day I stayed there as long as I wanted and had as many people as we wanted.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 06:32 PM




w/ OK insurance our total labor & delivery cost was around 3500we stayed from Friday night until Monday morning.YMMVeta: and we had a pretty swank room. same setup as yours will have from the looks of your last post.

They have a pic of it on the website. It looks like a friggin hotel room.BTW you paid 3500 out of pocket or you mean insurance picked up most of that tab?

yeah. insurance covered a lot of it. i think if we had to pay all out of pocket it would have been well over 20k. w/ insurance we wound up paying appx 3500 out of pocket after all the bills finally stopped rolling in about 3-4 months after birth (kid is 6 months old now).no idea what the individual room cost. it was 3500 for all including lodging, drugs, etc.

wow that sounds like alot of money. I figured insurance would pick up most of the tab (except for copayments and room, etc)

seems to be about the going rate around here :thumbup: 3 people we know had kids within a half-year of us. all said between 3-4k.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 06:48 PM





w/ OK insurance our total labor & delivery cost was around 3500we stayed from Friday night until Monday morning.YMMVeta: and we had a pretty swank room. same setup as yours will have from the looks of your last post.

They have a pic of it on the website. It looks like a friggin hotel room.BTW you paid 3500 out of pocket or you mean insurance picked up most of that tab?

yeah. insurance covered a lot of it. i think if we had to pay all out of pocket it would have been well over 20k. w/ insurance we wound up paying appx 3500 out of pocket after all the bills finally stopped rolling in about 3-4 months after birth (kid is 6 months old now).no idea what the individual room cost. it was 3500 for all including lodging, drugs, etc.

wow that sounds like alot of money. I figured insurance would pick up most of the tab (except for copayments and room, etc)

seems to be about the going rate around here :banned: 3 people we know had kids within a half-year of us. all said between 3-4k.

Hospitals would not be able to function in this country if it wasn't for obstetrics and cardiology.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 06:59 PM

Cost me $100.00/night extra last year.

Definitely worth it. But that was for a normal room...not sure on the recovery room issue. Good luck.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:18 PM

If you want a good estimate of what your cost will be, call the registration office at the hospital. If they're worth a damn, you can give them your insurance info & they can give you an estimate of what your charges will be based on an average delivery. It won't be exact, but it should be close.

It's going to vary greatly by hospital. If you live in an area with multi hospitals, find out which ones your wifes OB does deliveries at and give them all a call.




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