Woman goes into labour pain, Uber cabbie plays midwife

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Being christened after a cab company is unusual. But this is exactly what Babli, who delivered her baby boy in a Uber cab, wants for her child.

The woman hired the cab after repeated emergency calls for an ambulance went unanswered on Thursday night. Shahnawaz, the driver, said the woman from Devli in south Delhi called him asking to be taken to a government hospital. She was with two other women. “I had asked them to call an ambulance, but the women said that they couldn’t get one,” said Shahnawaz.

He drove the trio towards Safdarjung Hospital, but had to halt soon after. “The woman was crying in pain and her friends did not know what to do,” said Shahnawaz. The trio made a labour room of the cab and helped the woman deliver the baby . “I pulled out the towels from the seats and poured some drinking water into a bowl. The child was born within minutes and I was really happy to see that he was responding.”

Without losing a moment, Shahnawaz then rushed the woman to the hospital where he was asked to head towards the emergency unit. He picked me up, put me on a stretcher and dragged it into the hospital, woman said.

“The doctors asked if I was her husband. I narrated the entire incident after which they congratulated me. This was one of the happiest moment of my life,” said Shahnawaz.

The woman’s family now wants the driver to name the child. At a ceremony on Sunday, Shahnawaz will name the baby after the company he works for Uber.

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