The train can get awfully crowded during commuting hours and when you're an expecting mum, feeling packed in like sardines can be especially uncomfortable. The National Transport Authority reported that Irish Rail saw passenger numbers increase by 7.9 percent during 2016, and we can certainly feel that when we're on a jammed train.
While there are posters on trains telling people to give up their seats for pregnant women, people don’t always abide by the campaign. It can also be incredibly awkward asking someone to give up their seat for you. All in all, it's not an ideal situation.
The Irish Times reports that Irish Rail is introducing ‘baby on board’ badges for expecting mums to wear, in the hope that they will eliminate awkwardness and ensure that pregnant women have comfortable train journeys.
The use of ‘baby on board’ badges has already worked on the London tube, and we’re excited to see that it’s made its way over here!
“Commuting by its nature, particularly in the morning and evening peak, is busy, with high demand on our services, including Dart and Commuter trains. However, it should still be an environment where we all show consideration for others,” a spokesperson for Irish Rail said to the Irish Times.
They continued, “We hope the ‘baby on board’ badge will make commuting easier for mums-to-be, and make it easier for others to offer them assistance. Already we’re seeing strong interest from pregnant women and, indeed, their partners, who are emailing us to get badges for their commute.”
If you are interested, email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you had ever experienced awkwardness trying to get a seat on the train, expecting mums? Will you be getting a ‘baby on board’ badge?