Indian woman gets unusual inspiration for baby’s name after giving birth in an Uber

A smartphone shows Uber’s application in Delhi, India, April 17, 2015. (Kuni Takahashi/The New York Times)

While America might have people naming their babies after Instagram filters, we’re pretty sure there aren’t any babies named “Uber” crawling around… But that’s exactly the name a woman in New Delhi decided to give her newborn son, after she gave birth in a car from the on-demand taxi service. Uber driver Shahnawaz told the Times of India how he picked up a pregnant woman named Babli along with two other women, who wanted to go to a hospital in South Delhi and had been unable to get an ambulance. When it became clear that the woman was going to give birth in the car, Shahnawaz pulled over. “The woman was writhing in pain and her friends did not know what to do,” he told The Times of India. “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.”

After delivering the baby, he rushed the women and newborn to the hospital for care: “The doctors asked if I was her husband,” Shahnawaz said. “I narrated the entire incident after which they congratulated me. This was one of the happiest moments of my life.” Grateful for his assistance, the woman’s family asked the taxi driver to name the newborn after the taxi service, at a ceremony that took place last Sunday.

Read the full story at the Times of India.

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