New York City is bustling with all types of people and personalities, but there are only a few ways to get them from point A to point B in mass numbers. The Metropolitan Transit Authority consists of trains and buses that are responsible for the everyday commute of everyone from students to doctors. Pregnant women fall within the spectrum of commuters.
Pregnant women are among those that are possibly the most overlooked riders. Could the issue be that many can’t tell the difference between a pregnant lady and someone who is not? Does the everyday commuter even care whether she sits?
Popsugar.com dedicates an entire section to moms and moms-to-be. The articles range from “pregnancy and public transportation” to “how to tell if your child is spoiled.” Since so many people in New York City depend on public transportation, the chance to get a seat is slim to none, on a good day.
I’ve watched as pregnant women stood around, waiting for someone to offer a seat. The offer never came and no one even bothered to acknowledge the protruding belly or swollen feet/ankles.
Some women, if offered, do not take the seat. They politely smile and decline, given they only have a few stops to go or could be tired of sitting. Although it is sometimes not wise to ask a woman if she’s pregnant, it doesn’t hurt to offer a seat anyway.
There are also other sites that cater to pregnant women by promoting unity within the circle of moms and even trips. This could include a weekend getaway or a soothing spa treatment. Other events also specialize in teaching moms how to deal with stress on a day-to-day basis.
The New York Times often run stories about the woes of pregnant women and transportation in the city. This is a mainstay for the newspaper, since so many moms are “on the go.”
The MTA also posts signs for riders to give-up their seats to the elderly, disabled, and pregnant women. As if it isn’t spelled out clear enough, some riders advocate for those women by asking people to move.
So, I wonder, has many become immune to courtesy towards pregnant women? I find it interesting that more times than not, I see a pregnant woman standing while everyone else sits.