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New Zealand MP and Total Badass Julie Anne Genter Rode Her Bike to the Hospital to Give Birth

New Zealand MP and Total Badass Julie Anne Genter Rode Her Bike to the Hospital to Give Birth

They breed ’em tough across the ditch!

New Zealand MP, mum-to-be and total badass Julie Anne Genter opted to take herself to the hospital on her trusty bicycle yesterday to be induced at 42 weeks to deliver her first baby.

I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but I was barely in any condition to manage a brisk waddle into the maternity ward when I was nearly full term during my pregnancies. I couldn’t even look at a bike without my pelvic ligaments recoiling in horror.

So you can well imagine the awe I have for this woman right now.

The 38-year-old – who, appropriately for this story, is the Minister for Women and Associate Minister of both Health and Transport – posted a series of snaps to Instagram on Sunday.

“Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby,” she wrote.

Julie Anne said she and her partner, Peter Nunns, cycled to Auckland City Hospital because “there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood”.

She will be the second New Zealand Government minister to give birth this year, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to her first daughter, Neve, in June. Like Ardern’s partner, Julie Anne’s partner is intending to stay at home with their baby when Julie Anne returns to work.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw will take over some of her ministerial roles while Genter is on maternity leave.

“We’re just delighted that a second ministerial baby is on the way, very proud to be part of a party that supports that, and very proud to live in a country where two members of the country’s executive are able to have children as part of their job,” he said.

“It’s fantastic news.”

It certainly is! We wish Julie Anne and her partner all the very best for the safe and healthy delivery of their little one.


Source: Instagram/Julie Anne Genter

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

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