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New Zealand MP cycles to hospital to give birth


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A pregnant politican took a novel approach when travelling to hospital to give birth, opting to cycle instead of taking a more conventional route by car or ambulance. 

New Zealand Green MP Julie Genter, 38, and her partner came to the conclusion that cycling was the best way to travel to the hospital to have their child.

They decided, rather suprsingly, that cycyling was the best option after realising that they would struggle to fit in the car alongside their support crew.

The unexpected, but rather uplifting news about the MP's journey to have her baby came about after she posted a picture on Instagram of herself and her partner with their bikes, ready to take off for their venture. 

"Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby. This is it, wish us luck! (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!), she wrote alongside the photo. 

As both the country's associate transport minister and an all round keen cyclist, Julie has always been known for her cycling advocacy. When the announcement about her pregnancy was made many months ago, she even joked on Instagram, "we're going to have to get an additional seat for the bikes".

Relevant! #cycling #pregnant #cyclingwithbaby

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Julie, who will take 3 months maternity leave, joins a group of politicans who have given birth whilst in office. In June New Zealand's Prime Minster also gave birth at Auckland City Hospital, where Julie attended to have her own baby.



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