New Zealand politician cycles to hospital while in labour for the second time

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A New Zealand politician cycled to hospital during labor and gave birth to her baby an hour later.

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Member of Parliament Julie Anne Genter announced the “big news” on her social media pages on Saturday, saying that “at 3.04 a.m. today we welcomed the newest member of our family”.

“I wasn’t really planning on cycling into labor, but it was finally happening,” Ms. Genter said. “Very glad we didn’t go,” she told New Zealand-based media network Stuff.


According to local media reports, she gave birth at Wellington Hospital.

“My contractions weren’t as bad as when we left at 2 a.m. to go to the hospital – although they were 2-3 minutes apart and were increasing in intensity by the time we arrived 10 minutes later,” said the 41-year-old Green Party politician. Said on social media on Saturday.

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“Feeling blessed to have had excellent care and support from a great team, which turned into a very quick (and delightfully simple) birth,” wrote Ms. Genter.

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson commented on his post on Facebook. “So much happiness to you all. Auntie Marama can’t wait to hug (not for a while when it’s too safe). Congratulations everyone!!”

Several other women lauded him on social media. One user called her ‘Superwoman’.

“You’re awesome Julie Anne!” Another person wrote.

This is the second time the MP has cycled to the hospital during labor pains. She made headlines in August 2018 when she cycled “due to insufficient space in the car”.

“That’s it, good luck to us! (My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew….

Ms Genter then said her journey was “mostly downhill” and that she used an electric bike. “Maybe should have done more cycling in the last few weeks to get to labor!” He chuckled.

Ms. Jenter is an outspoken cycling advocate. Her Twitter bio reads: “I’m into vibrant streets, real food, and cycling.”

The politician moved to New Zealand in 2006.

She was born in Minnesota in the US and completed her studies at the University of California, Berkeley and joined the Green Party as a volunteer after immigrating to New Zealand.


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