She made headlines around the globe after riding her bicycle to hospital to be put into induced labour, and now Julie Anne Genter has given birth to a boy.
“We‘re overjoyed to announce the safe arrival of our son at 18.03 this evening, weighing almost 4.3kg. We waited a very long time for labour to start, but when it did it was short and sharp,” she said.
Genter, who is Minister for Women as well as Associate Transport and Health Minister, posted the news on Instagram overnight Tuesday.
Messages flooded in from around the world from Iran to New York congratulating Genter and her partner Peter Nunns on the new arrival.
“Congratulations from NY!” one said, “Superb news, baby carrier in a bike trailer for the trip home?” suggested another.
Genter thanked the “lovely staff” at the hospital for looking after her family throughout the whole experience.
“All of you have been so generous!” she said.
The boy is Genter and Nunns‘ first baby.
Genter made headlines earlier this week after riding her bike to Auckland Hospital 42 weeks pregnant on Sunday morning.
She originally posted several images of herself standing beside her bike at the hospital, and another of her actually on the bike on Sunday.
A caption posted with the images said it was a “beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction”.
Speaking at a Green Party conference in Palmerston North earlier this week, party leader James Shaw called Genter‘s decision to cycle to hospital “very on brand”.
“I‘m very proud to be a member of a party that supports that, and proud to be living in a country where two members of the country‘s executive are able to have children as part of their job,” Shaw said.
The news comes a little under two months after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to her first child, baby Neve.
Ardern had Neve in Auckland Hospital on Thursday, June 21.
She has recently returned to her role as Prime Minister, following six weeks of maternity leave.