New Zealand Politician Cycles To Hospital To Give Birth

Julie Anne Genter, Green party transport spokeswoman and member of New Zealand’s Parliament, rode her bike to the hospital to bring her child into the world. 

She was already in labor and gave birth one hour later.

Genter made a social media post saying:

“Big news! At 3.04am this morning we welcomed the newest member of our family. I genuinely wasn’t planning to cycle in labor, but it did end up happening.”

In recent years, New Zealand has become famous for its down-to-earth political figures. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, for example, took maternity leave while in office and brought her three-month-old baby to a United Nations event while still breastfeeding.

Genter, who is a dual New Zealand-U.S. citizen born in Minnesota, went on to say:

“My contractions weren’t that bad when we left at 2am to go to the hospital — though they were 2-3 min apart and picking up in intensity by the time we arrived 10 minutes later.”

“Amazingly now we have a healthy, happy little one sleeping, as is her dad.”

According to local media, Genter, whose Facebook profile includes “I love my bicycle” — also rode her bicycle to the hospital in 2018 to give birth to her first child.

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