New Zealand politician cycles to hospital in labor, gives birth

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New Zealand MP Julie Anne Genter rode her bicycle early on Sunday and went to the hospital. She was already in labor and gave birth an hour later.

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“big news!” Posted on Greens Politician his facebook page few hours later. “Today at 3.04 a.m. we welcomed the newest member of our family. I wasn’t really planning on cycling into labor, but it was finally happening.”

This island country with a population of 5 million already has the reputation of ordinary politicians. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern famously took maternity leave while in office and brought her three-month-old baby girl to a UN meeting as she was still breastfeeding.

Julie Anne Genter cycles into the hospital during labor in Wellington early on Sunday.Julie Anne Genter / Facebook / Reuters

“My contractions weren’t so bad when we left at 2 a.m. to go to the hospital—though they were 2-3 minutes apart and picked up intensely by the time we arrived 10 minutes later,” Genter wrote.

“Amazingly we now have a healthy, happy sleeping baby, as is his father,” said Genter, a dual New Zealand-American national who was born in Minnesota and moved to the Pacific country in 2006.

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Local media said Genter – her party’s spokesperson for transportation issues and whose Facebook profile includes “I love my bicycle” – also hospitalized her in 2018 after giving birth to her first child.

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