Cycle of life: Pregnant New Zealand politician, 41, BIKES to hospital after going into labour
- Julie Anne Genter got on her bicycle to the hospital while already in labour
- The New Zealand Greens politician announced the birth of her new child
- She said ‘I wasn’t planning to cycle in labour, but it did end up happening’
A New Zealand politician cycled herself to hospital while in labour gave birth to her child just an hour later.
New Zealand Member of Parliament, Julie Anne Genter, 41, got on her bicycle early on Sunday morning to head to the hospital in Wellington.
Already in labour, she gave birth just an hour later at 3.04am.
Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter rides a bicyle to the hospital while in labour, in Wellington, New Zealand
The 41-year-old politician said: ‘I genuinely wasn’t planning to cycle in labor, but it did end up happening’
On her Facebook page, the Green Party politician posted: ‘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.
‘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.’
The party spokesperson for transport also biked to the hospital in 2018 to give birth to her first-born, pictured with partner Peter Nunns
Ms Genter said: ‘Amazingly now we have a healthy, happy little one sleeping, as is her dad’
The dual New Zealand-US citizen was born in Minnesota and moved to New Zealand in 2006.
Ms Genter, her party’s spokesperson for transport issues and whose Facebook profile includes ‘I love my bicycle’ also biked to the hospital in 2018 to give birth to her first-born.
‘Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby,’ Genter posted on Instagram at the time.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern famously took maternity leave while in office and also brought her three-month-old to a UN meeting while breastfeeding.