NZ MP cycles to hospital, gives birth

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New Zealand Member of Parliament Julie Anne Genter got on her bicycle early in the day and headed to the hospital. She was already in labour and gave birth an hour later.

“Big news!” the Greens politician posted on her Facebook page a few hours later on Sunday.

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

“My contractions weren’t that bad when we left at 2am to go to the hospital – though they were two-to-three minutes 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,” said Genter, a dual New Zealand-US citizen who was born in Minnesota and moved to NZ in 2006.

Genter, her party’s spokeswoman 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 child.

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