Instead of calling an ambulance when she went into labour, Rati and her partner Jip decided to book an Uber as their hospital escort.
Why? Purely because it meant they could track the car’s location and arrival time, reports NEWS.COM.AU.
“I was thinking it was so early in the morning and there was no traffic, I didn’t know how long the ambulance was going to be,” she told 3AW Breakfast this morning.
“When we looked at Uber it said five minutes away, so we were like let’s just Uber it.”
“I’d never called an ambulance before, so I didn’t know how far away it would be or how long it would take,” Ms Sinuraya told news.com.au
“I was in so much pain, it was 2.30am in the morning and I didn’t want to risk the ambulance taking a long time to arrive.”
“An ambulance couldn’t give me an exact time of how long they would be, but with an Uber we could just see on the map where they were and get updated estimations,” she said.
“If I was picked up five minutes later, I would’ve been pushing out the baby in the car,” she said.
“I wasn’t expecting to go into labour, I thought it was just me in pain. But when I got to the hospital, they said I had to start pushing straight away, and the next think I know my baby was born.”
The driver was very “relaxed like nothing was really happening”.
“He didn’t look panicked,” she said.
“My husband was having a chat with him and looking at the map and how far we had to go.
“If I didn’t know the distance to the hospital, it would be very frustrating because of the pain I was in.”
Ambulance Victoria said all their vehicles are tracked from their control centres — and provide “emergency pre-hospital care” for women in labour.
“Ambulance Victoria paramedics are highly trained to provide emergency pre-hospital care and this includes the management of an unplanned birth prior to arrival at hospital,” Ambulance Victoria Acting General Manager Emergency Operations Anthony Carlyon said in a statement.
“However, expectant parents are urged to carefully plan the arrival of their baby and don’t leave it until the last minute to go to hospital.
“All ambulance vehicles can be located and tracked in our control centres through GPS fitted to all our vehicles.’’
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