Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter becomes mother for the first time



Groenpartij parliament member Julie Anne Genter, with partner Peter Nunns and newborn baby boy.

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Groenpartij parliament member Julie Anne Genter, with partner Peter Nunns and newborn baby boy.

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter gave birth at the Auckland Hospital.

The 38-year-old minister of women and Minister of Health and Transport announced Tuesday the happy arrival of her son.

Genter announced on Instagram that her son had arrived safely, weighing nearly 4.3 kilograms (9 pounds 8 grams).

Julie Anne Genter made international headlines after cycling to the hospital to be induced on Sunday.

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Julie Anne Genter made international headlines after cycling to the hospital to be induced on Sunday.

"We waited a long time for the delivery, but when it happened it was short and sharp."

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"We are very grateful for the great staff at Auckland Hospital who have provided great care, for the incredibly experienced independent midwife who has supported us all the way, and for our wonderful friends and family."

Genter, who lives five minutes from the Auckland City Hospital, made international headlines after riding her electric bike to be induced on Sunday.

Julie Anne Genter and her partner Peter Nunns went on their bikes on Sunday for the Auckland City Hospital.

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Julie Anne Genter and her partner Peter Nunns went on their bikes on Sunday for the Auckland City Hospital.

Her Instagram pictures of the "usually downhill" journey were picked up by the BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, CNN and Australian media.

Genter said that she and her partner, Peter Nunns, cycled because "there was not enough room in the car for the support team … but it also brought me in the best possible mood".

She had hoped for a home birth but was booked for an introduction when her pregnancy reached 42 weeks – two weeks after her due date.

She will be the second minister of the government to give birth this year, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to her first daughter, Neve, in June.

This is Genter's third pregnancy – she lost the first two at miscarriages.

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter works in Wellington in her last month of pregnancy.

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Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter works in Wellington in her last month of pregnancy.

Genter told stuff earlier this year, she hit with diapers and was excited to take part in a waste-free education workshop. The baby travels around the city with her in a cargo bike that she has bought second-hand from friends.

She plans to take six weeks off from her ministerial task and free her parliamentary duties for three months.

Nunns then becomes a primary caregiver for six to nine months.

The family will probably have been settled in Wellington for a while after Genter is back at work. She hopes to be able to breastfeed in parliament with a mix of expressions and Nunns who takes baby for food sessions.

Julie Anne Genter takes the baby on her bike to travel through the city.

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Julie Anne Genter takes the baby on her bike to travel through the city.

Nunns, told stuff in June he hoped that he and premier Jacinda Ardern's partner, Clarke Gayford, who will be a house-stay-father for a few months, will help to normalize men who are free from work to be with their family and do more of parenting.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw will take over as acting associate transport minister and acting associate minister of health, while Genter is on maternity leave.

Shaw will assume these portfolios in addition to his role as minister of climate change, minister of statistics and minister of finance.

Meanwhile Eugenie Sage takes on the role of acting minister for women.

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter and partner Peter Nunns announce the pregnancy of Genter earlier this year.

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Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter and partner Peter Nunns announce the pregnancy of Genter earlier this year.

– Stuff


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