One New Zealand woman who was over 40 weeks pregnant biked her way to the hospital to have her labor induced.
Women do some crazy things to have their babies but a majority of the time those things do not include cycling yourself to the hospital to give birth. New Zealand politician Julie Genter did just that, and now she is making headlines around the world.
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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
The 38-year-old Minister for Women used social media to document her journey to the hospital. Thankfully, she was not alone on her bike escapade. She did have a partner with her to make sure she was safe if she did go into labor.
In the Instagram post that has now gone viral, the new mom revealed that there was not enough room in her car for a support crew. It is unclear precisely what that means, but perhaps serious cyclists will know. She also let her followers know that the ride was mostly downhill. Genter also shared with her followers that she probably should have been biking more leading up to labor but of course, hindsight is always 20/20.
Along with being part of the New Zealand Green Party and a minister for women, Genter is also an Associate Transport and Associate Health Minister. Therefore cycling to the hospital to be induced is entirely on brand for her, according to what her colleague James Shaw shared at a conference for the Green Party.
The first time mom is such an advocate for biking that she included it in her social media post announcing her pregnancy. She along with her husband Peter also used Instagram to reveal that they are now the proud parents of a son. Her induction worked, and the family is now at home, where Genter will enjoy three months of maternity leave.
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We are so lucky we have such an excellent system of maternity care in New Zealand. I owe huge thanks to my LMC, independent midwife Jude Cottrell. She is incredibly experienced in both hospital and home birth settings - and was there to support me all through the pregnancy (at times backed up by other excellent independent midwives.) As we went past 42 weeks and the baby still hadn't arrived, we had to make the tough choice to go into hospital to be induced. Jude was there to back us in taking the least invasive path of inducement, until finally labour kicked in more than 2 days after our bike ride to the hospital. During the birth, and after, I've hugely appreciated the very generous care and support from Jude at my home as we established breastfeeding. Our midwives go above and beyond for the women and babies they look after, and we need to protect and support them to do this vitally important work. I am madly in love with our baby, and setting up new routines. A lot to learn, but we are both doing well!
New Zealand politician Julie Genter has used her time in parliament to advocate for women, health, and cycling laws. A post of her biking her way to the hospital to induce labor has not only gone viral but also has reiterated that pregnant women can pretty much do anything. It has also given women around the world another idea of how to make it to the hospital when the time comes. It might not be the easiest, but it worked.
Of course, consult your doctor before engaging in any intense physical activity while pregnant, and always follow their recommendations!