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New Zealand MP Cycles to Hospital During Labour, Gives Birth

Julie Genter cycles to hospital during her painful contractions and delivers a baby an hour later

Julie Genter, a Member of Parliament from New Zealand, created a buzz on social media when she posted her photos of cycling to the hospital in the midst of labour pain to deliver her second child. Julie cycled to the hospital at 3AM during her painful contractions. This wasn’t the first time she did this. She had cycled to Auckland hospital to give birth to a healthy baby boy, three years ago.


Julie shared the news of the birth of her second child with a beautiful message. “Big news! 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. 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. 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.” She wrote in the caption.

Netizens sent their good wishes on hearing the news and some even pointed out the benefits of cycling just before delivery, they mentioned how cycling can help with pushing the child out during the birth.