Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

New Zealand premier welcomes newborn girl ‘to our village’

New Zealand premier welcomes newborn girl ‘to our village’

Deputy Winston Peters is now acting prime minister while Ardern takes six weeks of maternity leave.

This makes her only the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office.

The baby girl, whose name has not been revealed, arrived at 4:45 p.m. local time, weighing 7.3 pounds.

Ms Ardern is one of the few elected leaders to hold office while pregnant.

Ardern thanked everyone for their kindness and said they were all doing really well.

It was all a far cry from 1990, when Bhutto, the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim-majority nation, told nearly no-one she was pregnant until Bakhtawar was born on January 25.

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

However, she said she would remain in charge by continuing to read cabinet papers during her time away.

"Of course, the fact I'm having a baby while in office is [unprecedented]".

He lodged a privacy breach lawsuit against a government department the day Ms Ardern left Wellington, recently scuttled a major piece of Labour policy and has attacked the leadership of the country's largest company.

Social media went frenzy Thursday morning after media outlets broke the news that 37-year-old Ardern has been in labor at Auckland City Hospital.

Ms Ardern will share news of the birth herself - most likely through Instagram like she did the pregnancy bombshell - which will the be followed by a formal government announcement.

With the imminent birth of Jacinda and Clarke Gayford's child, it will be a given that Clarke is in the birthing room with Jacinda as she gives birth.

She said that after the birth, she hoped to have some quiet time to enjoy as a family. Ardern plans to take six weeks of leave before returning to work.

In an interview with Radio New Zealand, she said, "I am not the first woman to multitask".

Well wishes have also come from former prime minister Helen Clark, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and US Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown.

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