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    I know it varies depending on state, but I'd take out ambulance cover. More expensive than a taxi, but you won't have to think about it further until you call them. If there's an emergency, then you're also covered for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trippy View Post
    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?
    When I had my first, neither dh or I drove. I got an ambo to take me to the hospital and had a friend pick me and bub up when we were discharged. I definitely wouldn't recommend a taxi especially in labour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    I know it varies depending on state, but I'd take out ambulance cover. More expensive than a taxi, but you won't have to think about it further until you call them. If there's an emergency, then you're also covered for that.
    Very good point, we've had to rush DD to emergency twice last thing you want or need is a bill if you had to go after bub was born for whatever reason

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    We do drive - and had intended for DP to drive me to hospital. Things didn't pan out that way... by the time the midwife finally turned up, there was no chance I could sit in a car seat. We ended up with an ambulance that cost $1000. WISH we'd had ambulance cover!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    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.
    Depends on the state, most require an infant under 6 months to be restrained.

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    I wouldn't be planning to call an ambulance as my transport to the hospital. You should only call an ambulance if it's an emergency, ie you are going to give birth on the kitchen floor. Ambulances aren't a taxi service, their resources are already stretched to the limits. Just call a cab when you are in early labour, and make sure you bring a towel to sit on. I wouldn't bother telling the cabbie your in labour, it's only a 6km drive I'm assuming about a 5-10 min drive, hopefully not too much will happen in that short trip. As for getting home, I don't have any suggestions that haven't already been made, I'd investigate cab companies that provide car seats because many don't. In Vic, the law is confusing. It says you must have infants restrained at all times, but yet below that it says that they don't have to be restrained in a taxi. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmedragon22 View Post
    Depends on the state, most require an infant under 6 months to be restrained.

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    I never realised that.

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    In qld taxis infants and toddlers dont need a car seat, must be held by an adult and cannot have the seat belt over them.

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    We took a taxi to the hospital and a taxi home with our own car seat. Currently in London where many don't have cars so it's a pretty standard way to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    I completely disagree with this advice. Call an ambulance. Especially if you are bleeding, in pain (not contractions) or have green/brown liquor.

    If you're thinking a taxi is appropriate then your probably not in labour and don't need to be going to hospital anyway.

    Isn't ambulance cover only $30 or something. Or move to QLD where you don't need ambulance cover and don't get bills.
    Although I partially agree with you, it's a bit misleading to say if a taxi is appropriate than you're not in labor.

    I took a taxi to an OB appt, was unsure I was in labor. He examined me and I was already 5cm. Told me to go straight to the hospital. We hopped in a cab and DS was born a couple hours later.

    I'm not saying she shouldn't take an ambulance, just saying that it's misleading to say if you can handle a taxi then you're not really in labor.


 

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