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How to get to hospital during labour in South West London Clapham Brixton area??

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LumpishAndIllogical Fri 22-Jan-16 21:41:13

So I was assuming I would get a taxi to hospital from the clapham/brixton area of London to Kings College when I am in labour (20 mins drive).

However, I spoke to a few taxi firms and they said no way 'call an ambulance'. shock

Now I have no idea how we will get to hospital when I am in labour! confused

Neither me nor DP have a car or know anyone close by with a car. (DP does have a licence)

With my first I lived near my sister and she drove me, she now lives far away so this is no longer an option.

Anyone else tackled this problem, or have any ideas?

I don't plan on calling an ambulance, unless I need too, as my first labour was quite straight forward and did last 12 hours.

Thanks in advance smile

VioletPansies Fri 22-Jan-16 21:45:59

What a pain - of course you can't call an ambulance. You could just neglect to mention the 'I'm in labour' bit when you call to book your taxi..

VioletPansies Fri 22-Jan-16 21:46:52

Unless you need to of course..

Akire Fri 22-Jan-16 21:51:14

Just call a taxi they are hardly going to leave you on the road because you say maternity are they. Im sure a fair few london women manage to get to hospital every hour of every day!

EssentialHummus Fri 22-Jan-16 21:52:16


EssentialHummus Fri 22-Jan-16 21:53:02

Sorry, that might have sounded flip. Basically, order a cab online, don't disclose labour.

mashpot Fri 22-Jan-16 21:54:39

Browns at Tulse Hill should be able to help if you're close enough, try calling them?

badg3r Fri 22-Jan-16 21:58:37

Our midwife in our antenatal classes hold us only to call an ambulance if we could see part of the baby or were pushing!
We are near you, used a taxi to get to and from tommies last year. Will pm you number in a bit.

Penfold007 Fri 22-Jan-16 22:00:43

The LAS ask people not to call ambulances for straight forward labours. Just call a taxi but don't mention labour.

badg3r Fri 22-Jan-16 22:01:21

You can also ask the maternity ward. They will have a list of taxi firms that will take women in labour.

LumpishAndIllogical Fri 22-Jan-16 22:05:21

Thanks so much everyone! Feel a bit less worried now

I guess I was unlucky with the taxi firms I spoke too

And yes I guess I could not 'mention' it to them smile

Redspottygranola Fri 22-Jan-16 22:07:20

I was in your shoes 6 years ago - living in Clapham without a car and having DS1 at st George's in tooting. We just called our usual taxi firm and had to make a few trips - we went there and back after my waters broke early in the morning but before labour was established and then at 10pm when I was in full on contraction mode. The cab driver looked slightly nervous but had a nice chat with DH while trying his best to ignore the noises from the back seat! I think DH did tell the taxi firm I was in labour and we didn't have a problem.

badg3r Fri 22-Jan-16 22:12:38

You should have the number, we went from Vauxhall so not sure exactly what area they cover but worth a shot.

PositivePete Fri 22-Jan-16 22:17:48

Just call a taxi. I lived in Clapham, DS born St Thomas's, they recommend you take a taxi as parking is a small mortgage!!!!!

LumpishAndIllogical Fri 22-Jan-16 22:26:30

Badg3r thanks!

Thanks everyone, I will call a taxi and not worry. grin

PositivePete Fri 22-Jan-16 22:30:39

I told the man to zoom it thou, little did I know I was 8cm in ....

Still took another 12 hours to come Arghhh!!!!

PositivePete Fri 22-Jan-16 22:31:22

The baby ..... Not the taxi!!!

TreeSparrow Sat 23-Jan-16 16:35:47

We got a taxi to hospital. Our local cab company take labouring women to hospital all the time so they were cool about it. You'll find a company that will take you, just keep looking. You could ask the hospital which firms they use.

SmallGreenBouncyBall Sat 23-Jan-16 16:43:18

call a taxi.
don't mention that you are in labour (not their business!)
the big firm with the initials al seem to be reliable.

constantlystartingadiet Sun 24-Jan-16 19:25:18

We got a taxi. My husband rang a few firms to see if they would take me, most would. I did take a carton to be sick in and a pampers care mat to sit on in case my waters went. Also had loads of change on me in case we had to do a few journey's.

Anomite Sun 24-Jan-16 19:29:13

I got the number 68... Don't know what I was thinking looking back...
You should just call a taxi and not worry about it. I wouldn't even bother to mention your in labour.

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