KEY POINTS

  • The Green party's spokesperson for transport went into labor early Sunday
  • Three years ago, she made a similar trip to the hospital for the birth of her first-born
  • US-born politician frequently puts bicycle-themed posts to promote the green lifestyle

New Zealand MP Julie Anne Genter hopped onto her bicycle and peddled all the way to the hospital when it was time for her little bundle of joy to arrive. Genter was already in labor when she cycled to the hospital and gave birth early Sunday before sharing the news with the world on social media.

The Green party's spokesperson for transport initially had no plans of peddling all the way to the hospital. But now, she finds the picture of her zooming on her bicycle being shared across the world, according to BBC. After the birth of her baby girl, Genter wrote on social media about how her contractions were not too bad when they left for the hospital at 2 a.m.

“Big news! At 3:04 a.m. this morning we welcomed the newest member of our family,” Genter wrote on Facebook. “I genuinely wasn’t planning to cycle in labor, but it did end up happening. My contractions weren’t that bad when we left at 2 a.m. 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.”

The MP also felt “blessed” to have a great team supporting her through a quick and “happily uncomplicated” birth.

Three years ago, the US-born politician made a similar trip on the bicycle to the hospital for the birth of her son in 2018. Her pregnancy announcement back then was also one of her many bicycle-themed posts, encouraging people to get on their bicycles and enjoy the power of pedaling.

“We’re going to have to get an additional seat for the bikes,” she said in 2018 while announcing that she was pregnant.

Genter was 42 weeks into her pregnancy when she began having contractions and choose to cycle to the hospital because there wasn’t enough room for the support crew, according to ABC News.

“Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby,” Genter wrote on social media in 2018.

“My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood!” the MP added.