New Zealand politician in labour reaches hospital on bicycle to give birth
- Julia Anne is a Member of Parliament in New Zealand
- Kiwi ministers are popular for their humility and work ethic
- NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden is also popular
Julia Anne, a member of Parliament in New Zealand, hopped on her bicycle and rode to the hospital while in labour. Despite being well aware of her condition, she chose to push through anyway and gave birth an hour after reaching the hospital.
The Greens politician informed the world about the incident on her Facebook acouunt and said, “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 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.”
She added, “Feeling blessed to have had excellent care and support from a great team, in what turned out to be a very fast (and happily uncomplicated) birth. “
For a nation with a population of a little over 5 million, the Kiwis are well capable of producing interesting stories. New Zealand is well known for its humble politicians and this instance of child birth was yet another example of the same.
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden once famously took maternity leave while in office and brought a three-month-old companion (her child) to a United Nations meeting as she was still breast feeding.
Julia Anne isn’t the first woman from New Zealand to get to the hospital on her bicycle while undergoing labour induced pain. Genter’s party’s spokesperson for transport issues also rode her bike to the hospital.