New Zealand politician welcomes baby in hospital after bicycle ride

Written by Staff Writer by Karma Mathew, CNN

A New Zealand politician gave birth in hospital after cycling to the hospital while in labor.

Simon Bridges, deputy leader of the National Party, tweeted a video of the first part of his Labor Day maternity bike ride in Nelson, New Zealand, with the caption “The birth of a new life wasn’t so bad after all.”

The 26-year-old father’s wife Rebecca gave birth to a healthy baby girl early Thursday morning, according to Bridges. He added that his wife had said “Little Sage had us outnumbered for sure.”

Baby Sage joins his parents and older sister, Gracie.

The pregnancy of the former Bainbridge Island student was announced in December by Bridges on his official Twitter feed .

Bridges, who won a seat in Parliament in 2013 and became deputy leader of the National Party in 2015, delivered a speech on his bike in the Parliament building in the capital, Wellington, at the time of the announcement.

“‘Cycling to the parliament has become an annual rite of passage for me and the birth of my second child is no exception,” Bridges said.

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