In Tokyo, midwives are advising on a pregnancy service from a cab company. Similar to KM Taxi's maternity taxi services, Furusato Kotsu is providing the Sankyu service for prenatal and birth-related hospital trips for women in the north Tokyo Iwate Prefecture.
The pregnancy service (or Sankyu) comes from the combined Japanese words for assistance and childbirth. Drivers offering this are trained by midwives on different ways to make the ride more comfortable for pregnant passengers. Cars are also equipped with packs containing things like waterproof sheets and towels, in the event labor commences en route.
Specialized taxi services for pregnant women are becoming popular in Japan, especially as city officials note the cost saved from freeing up ambulances. This is also an example of how city services can be adapted to be made more accessible.
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