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New Zealand MP goes into labour, cycles to hospital to give birth

It’s the second time in three years that Green politician Julie Anne Genter has pedalled her way to the maternity ward

A New Zealand MP who went into labour in the small hours of the morning jumped on her bike to ride to hospital to give birth.

Just as the Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter did three years ago when her first child was born, the 41 year old took to two wheels for the 10-minute ride.

> New Zealand government minister cycles to hospital to give birth

Little more than an hour later, she had safely given birth to a daughter – although she told her followers on Facebook that while cycling to hospital had not been part of the plan this time round, “it did end up happening.”

She said: “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. (I'm smiling in the car park right after one.) And amazingly now we have a healthy, happy little one sleeping, as is her dad.”   

She added: “Feeling blessed to have had excellent care and support from a great team, in what turned out to be a very fast (and happily uncomplicated) birth.”

Genter, who was born in the United States and holds dual US-New Zealand citizenship, has a background in transportation planning and has been an MP since 2011.

A former Minister for Women, Associate Minister for Health and Associate Minister for Transport, she is the current leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.

She has received hundreds of messages of congratulations on the birth of her daughter, many of them complementing her on riding her bike to hospital and several hailing her as a “legend” for doing so.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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eburtthebike | 2 years ago
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Was she classified as cross bench when she was in labour?

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Oldfatgit | 2 years ago
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One to remember for the 'whataboutiferists'

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Captain Badger replied to Oldfatgit | 2 years ago
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Oldfatgit wrote:

One to remember for the 'whataboutiferists'

I must confess, I've heard about fridges, the disabled, sofas and plumbers

I've yet to hear "oh yeah, how'm I supposed to get to the labour ward on a bike eh??? answer me that!!

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to Captain Badger | 2 years ago
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Look at some of the posts to any One"Name of area with LTN" twitter accounts and I expect you will see something like that. Normally when one of them claims the Ambulances can't get to them anymore.

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Sriracha | 2 years ago
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Well, she came prepared - that looks like a cargo bike!

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Captain Badger replied to Sriracha | 2 years ago
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Sriracha wrote:

Well, she came prepared - that looks like a cargo bike!

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hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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I've got some friends that moved to Auckland, New Zealand after getting married and the husband ended up having to deliver their first two children (he's a teacher so no special skills associated with midwifery) as the ambulances were stuck in Auckland traffic when the wife went into labour (both times).

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Philh68 replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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Not surprising, NZ has one of the highest levels of car ownership in the world. 

They also made a hilarious film in the 1970's called The Dominant Species, about aliens who travel to earth and presume cars are the dominant life form. So it's not like they don't know the problem, they just can't be bothered doing much about it.

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Hirsute | 2 years ago
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No hi-viz !

Child cruelty !

Was her bike then when she wanted to go home ?!

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Philh68 replied to Hirsute | 2 years ago
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It does make you wonder at what point during labour the child is required to wear a helmet 😂

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