Test Tube Baby Badges

By sizemore Last edited 158 months ago
Test Tube Baby Badges

We're well used to seeing a variety of amusing badges (buttons for our American readers) displayed on our fellow tube passengers (usually on the bags of goth teenagers), but until now none of them have been officially sanctioned by London Underground.

Now we learn that special badges will be given out to pregnant women, in an attempt to help other people notice their condition and free up a seat accordingly.

We think this is a great idea, but so far no word has been given to what happens to the badge after the birth. Will we see Tube staff calling in at maternity wards to collect the badges when they are no longer needed? Londonist feels this is the only possible way to prevent a possible black-market of badges offering the pins to women who are not pregnant, but simply lazy.

Of course this whole business could be avoided by throwing some money at the underground and providing more trains. You see we have put the Londonist calculator to work and figured out that more trains equals more seats and more seats equals less standing for everyone.

The Evening Standard has yet to announce that they are replacing their newspaper with a badge of their own simply displaying the word GIT. We feel that this would do the same job as the current paper, but save a lot of trees.

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Last Updated 07 March 2005

Yusuf Smith

Well, they can hardly lay on more trains at peak hours when the trains are running at 2-3 minute intervals. Other times, there's usually enough room. I think the badges are a good idea, and as for women wearing them after the birth, you can normally tell a pregnant woman from one who isn't, and if you can't tell, she probably doesn't need the seat.


Excuse me, but if the heartless bunch of self-adsorbed commuters, noses in newspapers and books, don't notice the bump there's fat chance of them seeing the badge.


Hysterical BBC London TV news piece on this using a researcher with cushions strapped to her to test public awareness. Have the BBC no pregnant researchers? Isn't it a bit pointless to do a survey before the scheme is launched that is in itself an abuse of the scheme?

The BBCs reasoning behind the need for badges is that you might offend a fat person by accident by offering your seat. Lets face it, sitting down on the tube is solely for the elderly, the infirm, and pregnant women anyway, are we losing the use of our legs?


Pregnant women who want a seat just have to call on the Zimbardo Effect and ask for a seat, see:
and save the need for a silly badge.


Actually, you don't need to have a bump to be pregnant for goodness sakes. The bump doesn't begin to show until the fourth month of pregnancy in most women and yet those first three or four months are the most stressful for a pregnant woman with most experiencing long periods of sickness (and no, just because it's called morning sickness doesn't mean it just happens in the morning). Therefore, to the person who made the first comment, a woman who is two months pregnant needs a seat just as much as a woman who is 8 months gone.