New Zealand politician bikes to hospital before giving birth

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New Zealand's Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, has been labelled a role model after riding her bicycle to the hospital to give birth.

"My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for the support crew... but it also put me in the best possible mood!"

Fittingly, Genter's news was paired with several images of her standing beside her bike at the hospital, and another of her actually on the bike.

She posted pictures of her and her partner enjoying the "beautiful Sunday morning" ride to the hospital to have her labor induced. "My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for the support crew. but it..."

"This is it, wish us luck!" she wrote to her followers, adding: "My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for the support crew. but it also put me in the best possible mood!"

She is not only Women's Minister but Associate Transport Minister in New Zealand's center-left government, advocating for sustainable travel.

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Genter will be the second member of New Zealand's parliament to have a child this year, with Prime Minister Jacinda Arden having recently returned from maternity leave after giving birth to a baby girl in June.

"I just think it's just fantastic news, and we wish her all the very best".

Others described the cycle as "crazy" and unsafe, suggesting that Genter could have injured herself and her 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.

Genter's bicycle ride Sunday was not the first trip to Auckland City Hospital to make headlines.

Greens co-leader and Climate Change Minister James Shaw will take on Genter's transport and health portfolios while she's on leave, while Conservation Minister and fellow Green MP Eugenie Sage would become Acting Minister for Women.

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