I've already blogged a few times about how difficult it was to get things lined up to have a VBAC delivery in Pueblo -seriously, SO DIFFICULT. Obviously wanting to avoid a c-section I a little bit wanted to avoid an epidural, where labor can stall or whatever; "if it's not broken, don't fix it" mentality. Still, the hospital required me to have a preregistration consultation with the anesthesiologist because I'm "high-risk" for a cesarian, and apparantly my doctor requested an anesthesiologist present in case things turned ugly and they needed to cut me open and whip him out.
We got a bill last week for $720, of which the insurance paid $580, leaving us with $140. Didn't a I mention I did NOT get an epidural? You are charging us $720 to NOT have an epidural?! So I called the anesthesia offices and, sure enough, that was what it cost to have someone stand in the room and do nothing. WOW. Even LESS impressed with you, Pueblo, and all the ways you make my life difficult with having a baby.