Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Jacinda Ardern gives birth to a baby girl

Jacinda Ardern in labour with her first child New Zealand's Prime Minister arrives at hospital to give birth. She's the first pregnant world leader since 1990
Ellis Copeland | 21 June, 2018, 10:17

"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. Everyone healthy and happy.

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford have welcomed their first baby, a girl.

The 37-year-old took office as New Zealand's third female prime minister last year and announced in January she was expecting a baby with Gayford, a television fishing show presenter.

Winston Peters has hit the ground running, sticking up for the coalition Government on his first day in Parliament as Acting Prime Minister, and calling out National MP Nick Smith for a "poppycock type of shout" during Question Time.

Ms Ardern's due date was June 17.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (right) and her partner Clarke Gayford (left).

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Ardern is normally based in Wellington but relocated to be closer to Auckland in preparation for the birth.

"I'm just pregnant, not incapacitated", she said recently.

"Later on in the evening when I got the result of my test I thought, "oh my word, I'm going to have to call him back", she told Sitting Room Only.

If the prime minister's baby is born today he or she will share a birthday with Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who is the only other elected leader to have given birth while in the role. "It's quite a big moment", Dr. Jennifer Curtin, a professor of politics and worldwide relations at the University of Auckland told TIME.

But the Labour leader has insisted throughout her pregnancy she would not be the first mother to go through such circumstances. Mr Peters carried out some of the prime minister's Wellington-based duties this week, chairing Cabinet and hosted Ms Ardern's weekly post-cabinet media conference.

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