New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern gives birth to a baby girl

22 June 2018

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern gives birth to a baby girl

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has given birth to a baby girl on Thursday, making her one of only two women who have given birth while in public office.

Ms Ardern, 37, shared a photo of her and her partner Clarke Gayford with their newborn on Instragram, captioning the photo, “Welcome to our village wee one.”

She said the baby arrived at 4:45pm (local time) and weighed 3.31kg.

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

“We’re all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital.”

Ms Ardern took office last year as New Zealand’s third female Prime Minister, and announced in January that she was expecting a baby.

The Prime Minister, who continued to work right up until the birth, is the second world leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan’s now former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto 28 years ago.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is currently Acting Prime Minister, and will continue in the role during Ms Ardern’s six-week maternity leave, a period during which Ms Ardren said she will still be actively involved in major decisions.