Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives birth to a baby girl

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives birth to a baby girl

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern has become the first world leader in almost 30 years to have a baby while in office.

"I am not the first woman to work and have a baby; there are many women who have done this before", she had said earlier this year in an interview with Radio New Zealand.

'I think it's fair to say that this will be a wee one that a village will raise but we couldn't be more excited'.

"We're all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital", the Prime Minister said on her Instagram account.

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Ardern, 37, took office as New Zealand's third female prime minister previous year and announced in January that she was expecting a baby with her partner, a TV fishing show presenter.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters was now acting prime minister and would run the country for the next six weeks while Ardern took maternity leave according to a previously published agreement, her office said in a statement.

"Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness", Ms Ardern said.

They were inundated with good wishes from the public, current and former politicians and attracted comment from media around the world.

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Benazir Bhutto had her second child in 1990 when she was prime minister of Pakistan.

"The birth has been highly anticipated in the South Pacific nation of almost 5 million people, and Ardern has continued to work right up until the birth, with her partner posting on social media on Wednesday afternoon a photo of her poring over official documents from home with the hashtag "#stillwaiting".

It was the first time in the country's history that a prime minister was pregnant while in office.

Ms Ardern found out about the pregnancy last October and told Mr Gayford about the news through Facebook video call. Gayford, a television presenter, will become "first bloke" and a stay-at-home father to the child.

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