AFTER 42 weeks of pregnancy, even trying to stand from a sitting position can be tough for some women.
But not New Zealand’s Women’s Minister Julie Anne Genter.
The Green MP, ever the health advocate and cycle enthusiast, decided Sunday that she would go for a ride… straight to the delivery ward at the Auckland City Hospital.
“Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby. This is it, wish me luck!” she posted on Instagram, alongside a smiling photograph of herself with her bike.
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!) #42weekspregnant #cycling #bicyclesarethebest
She explained in the same posting that she and her partner decided to ride to the hospital “because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew”.
“But it also put me in the best possible mood!” she added.
Responding to comments on her posting later, Genter explained that hers was an e-bike and that most of the journey to the hospital was downhill.
“Probably should have cycled more in the last few weeks to get the labour going!”
According to reports, the distance between Genter’s home and the hospital was about a kilometre.
Social media exploded with comments on Genter’s Sunday adventure.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate what an absolute boss @JulieAnneGenter is for cycling herself to hospital to give birth? Loving the beautiful coverage given to strong women in leadership with careers & families, role modelling hardcore for the next generation. https://t.co/n0AcPqy7db
— Laura McCormack (@LOLLYMAC2) August 20, 2018
— MarcelaGuerreroCasas (@NoanaMashika) August 20, 2018
The minister’s Green Party colleagues tweeted that it was “the most #onbrand thing ever”.
Also on the microblogging platform, actress Kirsten Bell labelled Genter, in full caps, “A BABE” for her astonishing feat.
— Newshub (@NewshubNZ) August 20, 2018
The AFP in a report said as of late afternoon Monday, Genter’s baby still hadn’t arrived.
This isn’t the first time a female politician from New Zealand is making headlines for their pregnancies.
Genter’s story comes just after New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned to work just six weeks after birthing her first child, daughter Neve.
Ardern, elected last year, is the second world leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto in 1990. The 38-year-old’s pregnancy and premiership have been hailed by women’s advocates the world over a symbol of progress for women in leadership roles.