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    Default Non-driver question: How do I go to the hospital and bring the baby home?

    I am due this December and thinking about how to go to the hospital and bring the baby home after delivery. We currently don't drive. What are the options that we have?

    We are only about 6-7 km away from the hospital. Is taxi a good option or do they refrain from taking pregnant women who have gone into labour?

    Also, do taxis have a baby seat or do I have to book one in advance?

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    book a taxi in advance or ask a friend/relative - put baby seat in their car.

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    I have a feeling taxis may not take women in labour? But someone please correct me if I'm wrong on that. If there's no-one who can offer you a lift to the hospital perhaps contact the ambulance service to see if they are able to transport you?

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    Technically you don't need to use a child restraint in a taxi. I would prefer to and know that they have to provide an anchor point and allow you to use your own seat.

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    We don't drive, we walked to the hospital (but it was a lot closer than 6-7km!) and caught a taxi back. Just request one with a car seat when you ring.
    Do you have PHI? You might be able to get non-urgent ambulance cover on that for when you're in labour, ours only had a 7 day waiting period.

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    Do you have friends or family that can take you or pick you up? Is so you could hire a capsule to put in their car. Are you In the Sydney metro area? I know of a specific taxi co that have baby seats. Maybe speak to your hospital about a private ambulance?

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    I probably would call the taxi but not share that I was in labour if I wasn't in need of ambulance assistance.

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    I'd be more inclined to ask friends or family, if they couldn't then id be organising an ambulance. I can't imagine a taxi will let u (if they do u would probably be required to pay cleaning fees of the taxi, I could be wrong but I'd expect that)

    I'd be asking at your midwife appointment or even just ring an ambulance when u go into labour. They won't turn u down lol

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    I would probably want to rely on a friends, family or a neighbor to get me to hospital, especially if its peak time over a weekend, taxis can be so unreliable!
    Maybe even discuss with the hospital, they may have suggestions if the above are not options for you.
    Good luck, its not fun having extra things to worry about in regards to labour.


 

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