A Melbourne woman just minutes away from giving birth caught an Uber to hospital instead of an ambulance to save time.
Rati Sinuraya asked her partner to book the ride-sharing service from her Richmond home to the Royal Women’s Hospital while she was doubled over with labour pains last Tuesday, because she was worried an ambulance would take too long.
“If I called an ambulance I don’t know how long it would take … with Uber you can check the app and see oh it’s five minutes away,” Ms Sinuraya said.
“The driver kept on saying are you okay … I was in so much pain, I just said just get me to the hospital.”
“My partner was a bit annoyed”
Despite Ms Sinuraya’s time saving theory, she said the overly concerned driver was perhaps a little too cautious.
“My partner was a bit annoyed because he was driving pretty slow, like doing 40 … Trust me five minutes late, I would have had the baby in the car.”
Thankfully, Ms Sinuraya arrived safely and gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
“I started pushing as soon as I got into the hospital.
“The baby is one month early, but she’s doing really well.”
“Don’t leave it until the last minute to go to hospital”
Ambulance Victoria Acting General Manager Emergency Operations Anthony Carlyon said paramedics are highly trained to provide emergency pre-hospital care.
“This includes the management of an unplanned birth prior to arrival at hospital,” he said.
“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.”