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What a very proud mum I am - Duchess of Cambridge wears the Baby on Board Badge

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msjayjay Wed 20-Mar-13 23:31:46

It has been a few years now but when I lost my baby I started a campaign with my MP for considerate commuters . As a result of this the London Underground set up a Baby on Board badge scheme and today in the news the Duchess of Cambridge was presented with one. I hope it raises more awareness to people on public transport and if you are pregnant say it and get a seat.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 23:34:41

Oh wow, that was you! thanks

clattypatty Wed 20-Mar-13 23:37:02

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Moominsarehippos Wed 20-Mar-13 23:39:27

You did that? Wow! I am impressed that a 'real' person came up with something so brilliant. Of course, everyone knows about Kate though.

msjayjay Wed 20-Mar-13 23:45:52

I didn't come up with the concept but tried to change the law on commuting and pregnant women, the underground came on board and started the scheme plus changed the signage on tube trains. Some other travel companies did the same but I still get annoyed when I get on public transport and see no signs referring to pregnant women.

crazynanna Wed 20-Mar-13 23:48:37


My bus (W3) in London does mention pregnant women in the signage.

LackaDAISYcal Wed 20-Mar-13 23:48:58

Oooh, get you! Well Done for the campaign and such high profile publicity thanks

Sorry about your loss though sad

ShrewveTuesday Wed 20-Mar-13 23:54:45


I'm so sorry for your loss - I didn't realize that's how the badge came about. It is an incredibly useful device.

msjayjay Wed 20-Mar-13 23:54:47

crazynanna a lot still don't do. There is no law in place to say they have too, they have a law in place for a percentage of priority seats which could mean elderly, disabled e.t.c. but it is a very small percentage. At the same time it's educating the public.

Lorelei353 Thu 21-Mar-13 09:44:06

msjayjay Sorry it took your loss to bring this about but I thank you for doing it! I love my Baby on Board badge. My train is really crowded in the morning and it does give me confidence to ask people to move (under big coats etc. it's hard to see my bump). These badges are brilliant! thanks

redwellybluewelly Thu 21-Mar-13 09:57:22

I'm so sorry for your loss - but well done Mrs J for pushing such a brilliant idea thanks

ExhaustedMamasita Thu 21-Mar-13 10:39:51

Msjayjay you're a star! Thanks you so much - not sure what I'd do without my badge. I once collapsed on a packed tube and still no-one gave me a seat. In fairness I was only 8 weeks with no bump but it was then that my tube commute turned into the wortst part of my day, I dreaded it until I got a badge.

Your campaining has made a real difference for so many women - you should be extremely proud of yourself. It's people like you who make the world go round!!! xxx

Librarina Thu 21-Mar-13 13:06:13

The 'seat for people who need it' on the tram in Manchester has a picture of a person with a cane and a person with a bump. I used it for the first time this week (at 29 weeks) and felt very grateful that it was there. Now my bump is big enough to see I feel justified in sitting there, before I would have just felt guilty.

(I've just emailed asking for a badge even though I don't live in London... is that bad?)

whiteandyellowiris Thu 21-Mar-13 14:22:52

well done, how do you get a badge? i'll need on when we go to gosh

Thurlow Thu 21-Mar-13 14:45:02

Mrsjay, I remember your story from the news when it happened, it used to cross my mind when I was using the Tube when pregnant. I'm very sorry for your loss, and thank you for doing something so wonderful. It made my pregnancy using the rush-hour Northern Line so much easier.

Thurlow Thu 21-Mar-13 14:45:40

White, I just asked at the ticket office. If you have any problems pm me, I have mine stashed in a drawer I could loan you!

msjayjay Thu 21-Mar-13 17:11:26

So glad the badge scheme has helped people, and hopefully the campaign made more people stand up for pregnant woman at the same time if you are pregnant say something and get a seat. I have shouted in a train before this when stood next to a heavily pregnant lady and she got her seat. Would be nice if the badge scheme was rolled out nationally though I know London is not the only place that has overcrowded public transport.

msrisotto Thu 21-Mar-13 17:16:22

msjayjay, I am so sorry for your loss, however it is amazing that you had the strength to push this forward and as a result you have helped loads of other women. That is inspirational.

whiteandyellowiris Thu 21-Mar-13 17:18:12

thanks i'll ask at the train station then

i'm so sorry for your loss.sad

EggsPressYourself Thu 21-Mar-13 17:22:06

Wow - that's amazing - well done, but I'm also so sorry for your loss.

I wore my Baby on Board badge for both pregnancies when commuting in London. It did a marvellous job - especially in the early days of pregnancy when no-one can tell.

Thank you. Very sincerely, thank you.

ButteryJam Thu 21-Mar-13 18:47:01

Well done, and sorry for your loss.

Here is the picture of Kate wearing the badge:

I wonder where you can purchase the badge from?

Librarina Thu 21-Mar-13 21:22:47

If you just google "baby on board badge", Transport for London will post you one.

whiteandyellowiris Thu 21-Mar-13 22:05:01

oh thanks just emailed for one, hope i dare wear it

DIddled Thu 21-Mar-13 22:07:26

Twice this week I have seen a mum in the MAnchester area with the bob badge. I gave up for her one day and bless, a young man hopped up for her the next timesmile.

Wigeon Thu 21-Mar-13 22:08:28

Info from TfL:

Pregnant women can wear a 'Baby on board' badge to let other passengers know they may need a seat.

These are available from Tube station ticket offices. You can also request a badge through our Customer Service Centre, by emailing your full name and address to or by calling 0843 222 1234.

It's free. smile

I have kept mine along with the scan pictures, first lock of hair, identification wrist band from the hospital etc grin

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