New Zealand politician rides bicycle to give birth

A New Zealand minister rode her bicycle to the hospital so she could give birth to her first child.
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A New Zealand minister rode her bicycle to the hospital so she could give birth to her first child.

Credit: Morris MacMatzen

Credit: Morris MacMatzen

New Zealand's minister for women rode her bicycle "mostly downhill" to a hospital Sunday to give birth, The New York Times reported.

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Julie Anne Genter, 38, who is also associate minister for health and transport, posted pictures on social media of herself and her partner, Peter Nunns, enjoying a "beautiful Sunday morning" ride to the hospital, the Times reported.

Genter, who is 42 weeks pregnant, will become the second government official in New Zealand to give birth this year. Prime Minister Jacinda Aldern gave birth in June, the Times reported. Genter, who was expecting her first child, was scheduled to be induced at an Auckland hospital, the newspaper reported.

Genter, who grew up in Los Angeles, emigrated to New Zealand in 2006. She has had two miscarriages, the NZ Herald reported. She is expected to take three months off from Parliament before returning to her post in November, the newspaper reported.