In many instances, if a person in labour is rushed to hospital, it’s usually in a four-wheeled vehicle – be it their own car or an ambulance.
Yet for one New Zealand politician, who proudly proclaims “I love my bicycle” on her Facebook page, it was pedal power which helped her give birth to her second child on Saturday.
Green MP Julie Anne Genter, from Wellington, wrote on Facebook: “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 minutes apart and picking up in intensity by the time we arrived 10 minutes later.
It wasn’t the first time Genter cycled to hospital to give birth. Back in 2018, when she was pregnant with her son, she and her partner opted for the bike “because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew”.
That ride was likely a little bit less intense, though, as she was cycling to the hospital for an induction.
“Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.