After numerous fights and negotiating between three translators, four nurses, two obgyns, my husband, my “lawyer” and myself, my son was finally born. Not what I would call the best way to spend my time when I should be focused on giving birth.
You see, I gave birth in Mainland China. Despite going to what was considered the best hospital in town, the staff practically forced me to get a c-section after messing with my body for 26 hours. Thinking that they could take advantage of me because I was an expat and therefore had lots of money, they proceeded to give me numerous injections when I first entered the hospital.
After my son was born, they tried to charge me for extra goods and services. The staff also had me convinced my condition was so severe that I couldn’t leave the hospital just so I would stay longer and rack up a bigger hospital bill.
Between the 26 hours of intense labor, laying in the hospital bed and arguing about money with the hospital staff, I learned a lot about what it takes to be ruthless with my money. [Read more…]