NZ Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter
NZ Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter Instagram/julieannegente

New Zealand’s Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter took charge of pregnancy on Sunday. Instead of riding a car, the Green Party politician cycled herself to the hospital to give birth to her first child.

Genter, 38, is an outspoken bicycling advocate. She even has photos on her Instagram account using her two-wheel ride as often as she can. And on Sunday, she had the opportunity to ride her bike, and she took it.

“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 captioned her photo on Instagram.

According to Genter, she and her partner, Peter Nunns, decided to ride their bicycles when there were no room left in their car for them. She added in the comment, though, that she used an e-bike and it was “mostly downhill to the hospital.” She also wished she had cycled more in the last few weeks of her pregnancy.

Genter, who is also associate minister for Health and associate minister for Transport, has naturally impressed people on social media.

Genter has not updated her social media accounts or announced the birth of their child yet. It is expected that she would take three months of maternity leave.

The news comes weeks after NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ended her maternity leave. Ardern had given birth to her and partner Clarke Gayford’s first child, Neve Te Aroha, in June.