An MP from New Zealand won the hearts of several women across the globe after she rode on her bicycle all the way to the hospital while in labour. She delivered a healthy baby shortly after reaching the maternity centre.
The incident took place in the island nation of New Zealand after Julie Anne Genter decided to get on her cycle to go to the hospital on Sunday despite experiencing contractions as she was pregnant at the time.
She shared the good news of her baby’s arrival on her Facebook profile, which quickly got viral. A few hours after the delivery, the Greens politician wrote, “Big news! At 3.04 am 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.”
Clarifying to the concerned social media users, the MP said that her pains weren’t severe and the distance from her home to the hospital was not much. “My contractions weren’t that bad when we left at 2 am 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,” she added in her post, adding, “Amazingly now we have a healthy, happy little one sleeping, as is her dad.”
New Zealand is infamous for having strong women leaders and down-to-earth politicians. The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had made headlines after she took maternity leave while in office and also brought her three-month-old baby to the United Nations meeting as she was still breastfeeding during that time and her child needed her.
The PM had also congratulated Ms Genter when she gave birth to her first child, a son, back in 2018. The dual citizenship holder (New Zealand and the United States) had ridden her bicycle to get to the hospital then too. Her party’s spokesperson for transport issues, Ms Genter’s Facebook profile says “I love my bicycle”.
She had posted on Instagram with pictures of her riding the cycle while she was 42 weeks pregnant. “Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby,” she had written with a hashtag #bicyclesarethebest after delivering the baby boy at Auckland hospital in June three years back. “My partner Peter and I are delighted to welcome the new addition to our family. I want to thank the support I have had from my midwives, and our public health system,” her emailed statement read.
“Congratulations @JulieAnneGenter! So pleased to hear of the safe arrival of the newest addition to the parliamentary play group,” Ms Ardern had posted on Twitter.
Several moms on Facebook congratulated Ms Genter on the news of the “safe arrival of her most lovely little girl” and applauded her for the strength and resilience she showcased.
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