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Going for delivery [to give birth] with taxi/uber?

We don't have a car or CH driving license and instead of calling a friend it would be easiest to go by a taxi/uber.

We live in Zurich city.

Anybody did this before? I am wondering if they would reject us or not. It would be highly inconvenient to be rejected in an urgent situation...
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Why would a cab reject you?
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It is what I did. The cab guy was really nice, felt honored
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I'm guessing, from MC's apparent interpretation as much as the OP. that by 'delivery' she meant giving birth, as in getting the cab to take her to the hospital while potentially in labour. No idea myself, but if that's what was meant then I can see the logic of the question.

I'd been thinking of food delivery, like Uber Eats, until I read the other reply, although that clearly didn't make any sense.
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Re: Going for delivery with taxi/uber?

OP - they are used to it. Nobody plans on parking long term at the hospital. Good luck and hugs!!! xo
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Re: Going for delivery with taxi/uber?

It won't (hopefully) be like in the movies. If you are really at the very late stage of labour, you can call an ambulance. If not, then a taxi is absolutely fine. And take a couple of large towels and maybe a plastic backed picnic blanket if you are worried about making a mess in the vehicle.


Anyway, cars can be cleaned if necessary.
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Re: Going for delivery with taxi/uber?

That should be no problem. From the stories in the press about babies born in Swiss Taxis, be prepared to name your baby after the driver

Just kidding. If you want to feel relaxed about this (I know I would) you could check with the taxi firm about it now and then pick them when it's time.
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Re: Going for delivery [to give birth] with taxi/uber?

We used a cab and my wife her water had already broken, nobody cared about that. All we did was bring an towel for on the seat in case more leakage would happen.
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Re: Going for delivery [to give birth] with taxi/uber?

Thanks a lot everybody

Actually I did read some people rejecting or kicking people out of their taxis in similar situations elsewhere, but seems things are OK in Switzerland
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Thanks a lot everybody

Actually I did read some people rejecting or kicking people out of their taxis in similar situations elsewhere, but seems things are OK in Switzerland
A cab driver kicking you out for such will have a lot of explaining to do towards his employer, and I would not be surprised if he would lose his job over such.
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Exactly this, 2 times a few years back. No one said anything Just don't scream too much in the backseat
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Re: Going for delivery [to give birth] with taxi/uber?

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We don't have a car or CH driving license and instead of calling a friend it would be easiest to go by a taxi/uber.

We live in Zurich city.

Anybody did this before? I am wondering if they would reject us or not. It would be highly inconvenient to be rejected in an urgent situation...
Sitting in the car doesn't help. Some walking does.
In our case, after the water broke, we called the hospital and than took a shower, prepared the luggage and then after 2-3 hours took the bus/tram to the hospital.
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Re: Going for delivery with taxi/uber?

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That was the first thing that crossed my mind too. Have never heard of cabs refusing pregnant women before. Where would that be legal anyways?

@OP,

You can always ask a friend who has a car.
Tell them in advance, don't be shy to ask for help. Most people love to help and to be part of such an incredible adventure.
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Re: Going for delivery [to give birth] with taxi/uber?

We planned the same, using an uber when the time came.

In practice we had an Ikea bag for my girl friend to sit in, on standby, so we could kind of ensure any mess wasnt on the car. An ikea bag isnt bad as it has handles and could almost be seat like.

After that of course both had uber set up on our phones and full battery whereever possible. Over night bag etc

Now in reality. She went slightly over due date. And the water started to get low. So we went to the hospital very casually for the induction to happen. In the end we could take the tram no problem. And when the labour did come on the water never broke any way and it was popped by the midwife.

Its not like the movies.

Ours came end of Jan. More of a concern for us was if he came early on New Years Eve and all the cabs were busy with revelers celebrating 2020. Its a massive event, so its natural to over think things and be worried.

You'll be fine, just have something to protect the car seat on standby. Good Luck
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That was the first thing that crossed my mind too. Have never heard of cabs refusing pregnant women before.
I was refused by the taxi we called. It was 1 am and snowing. The guy said we better call an ambulance and I had to wait on the street for the ambulance when my waters broke 10 weeks early. In the end, there wasn't enough time to stop the birth. I feel stupid now. Should l have insisted?
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Re: Going for delivery [to give birth] with taxi/uber?

A friend of mine : water broke at 2 AM on Saturday night , All taxis were busy carrying folks who were partying . had to wait more than an hour to get a taxi. But that was pre-uber era, should be more easier now.

Apart from advise on calling an ambulance, I would recommend also to have a friend or colleague number and let them know you would call them as an absolute last resort .
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I was refused by the taxi we called. It was 1 am and snowing. The guy said we better call an ambulance and I had to wait on the street for the ambulance when my waters broke 10 weeks early. In the end, there wasn't enough time to stop the birth. I feel stupid now. Should l have insisted?
You did what you thought was best at the time with the information you had then. No point rehashing now. Hope you and baby are fine - that is the most important!
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I was refused by the taxi we called. It was 1 am and snowing. The guy said we better call an ambulance and I had to wait on the street for the ambulance when my waters broke 10 weeks early. In the end, there wasn't enough time to stop the birth. I feel stupid now. Should l have insisted?
Sorry to hear that, maybe you should have tried a different taxi company... I don't know what I would have done in such a situation, most probably I wouldn't have insisted and called for an ambulance too. We had our own car and didn't need a taxi. We offered our help with driving to other friends, though in the end it wasn't necessary. Babysat our friends' child when their second was born, they did the same for us. It's good to have someone you can count on here.
And even at or after 1 am I would help friends if needed. I have their back and they have mine.
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You did what you thought was best at the time with the information you had then. No point rehashing now. Hope you and baby are fine - that is the most important!
Thanks. I know there is no point re-hashing it but my twin babies were born too early and it was a very difficult time. I keep asking myself if we could have delayed the birth.

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Sorry to hear that, maybe you should have tried a different taxi company... I don't know what I would have done in such a situation, most probably I wouldn't have insisted and called for an ambulance too. We had our own car and didn't need a taxi. We offered our help with driving to other friends, though in the end it wasn't necessary. Babysat our friends' child when their second was born, they did the same for us. It's good to have someone you can count on here.
And even at or after 1 am I would help friends if needed. I have their back and they have mine.
We had a car too but my husband said he couldn't drive me. Can you believe it? I then had to first call a taxi and then an ambulance and wait on the street in the snow. How frustrating. I still haven't forgiven him.
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Thanks. I know there is no point re-hashing it but my twin babies were born too early and it was a very difficult time. I keep asking myself if we could have delayed the birth.



We had a car too but my husband said he couldn't drive me. Can you believe it? I then had to first call a taxi and then an ambulance and wait on the street in the snow. How frustrating. I still haven't forgiven him.
Honestly this kind of thinking will not help you. I understand it was hard but who knows what would have happened? The world is out of our control. You could have gotten in an earlier taxi and had an accident, or the early birth could have been prevented only for other complications to resurface. We all make the best decision we can. Be kind to yourself.
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