Kunming healthcare has changed since our experiences. Outpatient pharmacies have allegedly been separated from hospitals - to curtail that abusive practice.
As for the "How to..." - I think that's more the regime of the Gokm editorial and reporting staff...
Thanks much for the info on Angel.
As for the teaching hospitals - I saw that as a bonus as the senior physicians and department heads have to remain professional and competitive (theoretically).
When we were contemplating a maternity hospital - we'd considered the higher priced expat friendly brands - but we went for hospitals with high maternity throughputs instead. The theory was they'd seen significantly more cases than the lower throughput expat hospitals - and would then theoretically respond faster to complications, based on experience.
My wife had the usual complications that come with natural delivery and the post delivery treatment (suturing tears, etc) were immediate and professional, along with the 24-48 hour post-delivery watch and the constant but non-invasive monitoring by the nursing staff.
These high throughput hospitals generally run like super machines - which is what we wanted and weren't disappointed.
As my wife is native Chinese - we didn't have the language barrier so this route only works well, if you have a native speaker present and on-call.
First childbirth is always the most terrifying because of the unknowns. Childbirth in a foreign country where you can't effectively communicate - that's got to be truly terrifying.
We did TWO natural deliveries at two local hospitals. Cost was under ¥10k per baby plus post-natal follow-ups, immunizations, etc,
- but if you're unfamiliar with local Chinese hospitals - it'll be a rather large shock for westerners and definitely not recommended if you don't have conversational chinese skills.
Family members (specifically the husband, but in-laws or relatives will work) are expected to sleep (folding reclining chair does the trick) in the multi-bed room and provide egg broth vitamin soup, feed the newborn every 3 hours (best experience in the world is the first time your new baby drinks formula or breast milk), wash cooking & eating utensils, bring changes of pajamas, and generally pamper and spoil both the mother and newborn child for a week (longer for c-sections).
Chatting with cell mates (if you can communicate), maybe making new friends, networking, camaraderie, providing advice to new parents, listening to advice from veterans, etc.
You can also pay the janitor ladies to help you buy food etc. They usually love the extra income.
Chinese maternity specialty hospitals deliver hundreds of babies a week if not more. The only pain is the crowding and perhaps the hygiene (squat toilets) - but these places are definitely industrialized baby delivery and after-care machines.
My favorite hospital of all is the TCM hospital because the TCM medications are quite literally a fraction of the cost of western meds.
Worst - you have cell mates or relatives that love to do the Kunming hack (smoker's cough thing)...that's pretty gross.
Just stopped by Wicker Basket Beichen again to stock up on frozen pizzas, frozen pies (chicken, beef), cheese, and sliced ham (ask them to slice it for you). Love this place - simple decor, polite helpful nice staff - nothing fancy - but gets the job done.
Finally got around to using Salvador's delivery service - tried it out on the chicken burrito and their bag of nacho chips. Delivery was flawless despite being a bit out of area (≥4km) and the food was still warm.
First experience - excellent (5 stars).
Excellent as always - even with long distance delivery. Now if only the online menu was expanded a little (like the chicken strips...hint hint hint...nudge nudge...wink wink).
Just stopped into Prague Beichen for dinner a few nights ago - and I'm shocked at how good their food is - five star international hotel quality. Even the fruit-based drink was made from genuine fruit - as opposed to the usual domestic fare of fruit syrup with chunks of fruit added. The food was well-presented and "plated".
The restaurant itself has had a major overhaul and now occupies both the ground floor and the second floor - well illuminated without being blinding, wide open and airy space (2nd floor), nice attentive but non-intrusive service, and reasonable prices for excellent cuisine.
Will absolutely return several times more, to savor and experience other menu items.
A pleasant surprise and culinary delight - great place for a date or even a quiet business meeting. Excellent atmosphere.
Excellent coffee, tea, and simple meals - to include waffles and various incarnations of sandwiches. Ground floor is NO SMOKING, second floor (where they hide the bathrooms), SMOKING.
Extraordinarily popular place - beautiful location, typical service for Kunming - which means when it's good, it's stellar, when it's bad - it's terrifying - so they have a quality consistency problem that's reflected in the various staff and shifts.
However - it's still a great place to meet, hang out, chill, relax, etc. Just remember to DIY (do it yourself) most of the time.