Congrats from Queen on NZ PM's baby

Leroy Wright
June 24, 2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand gave birth to her first child, a girl, on Thursday, making her the first world leader in nearly three decades to give birth while in office.

Twitter users were quick to point out that if born on Thursday, the baby would share a birthday with Prince William and former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was the first and (until now) only leader to have a baby while in office, in 1990.

"Not only is she incredible at what she does, this morning she made me macaroni and cheese because she heard me mention a wee craving yesterday", Ardern wrote. Ardern plans to take six weeks of leave before returning to work. "I wish you every happiness".

Earlier in the year, the 37-year-old spoke to the BBC's Lucy Hockings about her pregnancy and juggling her position with motherhood.

Laurell Ardern said she'd had people come up to her saying that her daughter had been an inspiration, including one woman who anxious a job was too hard for her, but then thought 'Well, if Jacinda can do it, I will do it'.

The family will be spending a second night at Auckland City Hospital.

New Zealand's Prime Minister has given birth to a baby girl, kicking off celebrations on social media.

Before Ardern, former Pakistan Prime Minister Late Benazir Bhutto was the only woman to have undergone labor while in power.

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Ms Ardern and Mr Gayford, who hosts a television fishing show, had known the sex of the baby for several months, but chose to keep it secret from the public.

Meanwhile, dozens of reporters waited for the good news after Ms Ardern was taken to Auckland Hospital for the birth and have been hoping to catch a glimpse of the new family.

"I think this is why it's caught the imagination, in New Zealand, and globally", Clark said.

Peters has stepped into act on behalf of the Prime Minister since her last post Cabinet press conference last Monday.

Jennifer Curtin, a professor of politics at the University of Auckland, said there was symbolic importance in Ms Ardern giving birth as it showed political parties around the world that it was fine to have younger women as candidates.

"Let's also celebrate Clarke as a modern man who is happy to be the full-time parent of a young child".

New Zealanders who couldn't be in the country sent love and congratulations from afar.

"It is a woman's decision about when they choose to have children and it should not predetermine whether or not they are given a job or have job opportunities", she had said then.

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