New Zealand Women's Minister Cycles To Hospital To Give Birth

Leroy Wright
August 20, 2018

A New Zealand minister has left the internet buzzing after admitting she rode on a bike as she was going to give birth to her child.

Julie Anne Genter, minister for women and associate minister for health and transport, posted photographs on social media of her "mostly downhill" trip to the hospital while at full term. This is it, wish us luck!,' Ms Genter wrote.

Julie Anne Genter, 38, was accompanied by her partner as she rode her bike to Auckland city hospital as there "wasn't enough room in the car".

The Green's MP shared a photo of her arrival at the hospital.

Genter, 38, noted on social media on August 10 that she was "40 weeks + 4 days" pregnant, and "still waiting" to give birth.

Most comments praised the politician for her decision to cycle to hospital for the birth, calling her a "legend" and "wonderful role model".

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Genter is the second minister in New Zealand to give birth while in office this year after Prime Minister Jacinda Adern in June became the second sitting world leader to deliver a baby.

She is expected to take three months off and return to work towards the end of the year while her partner takes on a full-time parenting role.

A pregnant politician in New Zealand has chosen to cycle to hospital while 42 weeks pregnant to give birth to her first child.

A playground is now being built on parliament's grounds amid a push by the Speaker of the House to make the precinct more family friendly.

A heavily pregnant New Zealand minister cycled to hospital to give birth on Sunday, saying there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for her.

It will be Genter and Nunns' first baby.

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