A New Zealand MP cycled to hospital while in labour on Sunday only to give birth barely an hour later.
“I genuinely wasn’t planning to cycle in labour, but it did end up happening,” Julie Anne Genter said on Facebook afterwards.
The Green party’s spokesperson for transport was not doing this for the first time – she was a minister three years ago when she took a similar trip.
Ms Genter, 41, is a well-known and outspoken cycling advocate.
“Big news!” the Greens politician posted on her Facebook page a few hours later. “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.”
The island nation of 5 million already has a reputation for down-to-earth politicians. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern famously took maternity leave while in office and brought her three-month old to a United Nations meeting as she was still breastfeeding.
“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,” Genter wrote.
“Amazingly now we have a healthy, happy little one sleeping, as is her dad,” said Genter, a dual New Zealand-U.S. citizen who was born in Minnesota and moved to the Pacific country in 2006.
Genter – her party’s spokesperson 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, local media said.