RNZ, Auckland, June 21, 2018
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a baby girl this afternoon
Ms Ardern announced the birth on her Instagram feed a short time ago.
Mother and Baby good
The baby arrived at 445 pm, weighing 3.31 kg.
Ms Ardern said that they were “all doing well” and thanked the team at Auckland City Hospital.
Ms Ardern was driven to hospital by her Partner Clark Gayford and arrived at 550 am this morning.
New Zealand First leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is now Acting Prime Minister.
Ms Ardern has previously said she would take six weeks maternity leave.
Her due date was Sunday June 17, 2018.
It’s Ms Ardern’s first child, and her partner Clarke Gayford will be a stay-at-home father.
Ms Ardern found out about the pregnancy last October and told Mr Gayford about the news through Facebook video call.
The couple announced the pregnancy to the public on January 19, 2018..
They were inundated with good wishes from the public, current and former politicians and attracted comment from media around the world.
Suggestion of Names
Ms Ardern was gifted the name Waru at Ratana celebrations and the name Waimirirangi was offered at Waitangi Day celebrations if the baby was a girl.
Ms Ardern is one of very few elected leaders to have given birth while in office.
Other Mothers while in Office
The only other recorded instance in recent times was of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto, who was elected Prime Minister in 1988 and in 1990 gave birth to her second child.
Prior to her, Queen Elizabeth II gave birth to Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964 after her ascension to the throne in 1952.
Queen Victoria, Catherine the Great and Cleopatra also became mothers while being leaders of their states.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford with their new baby.
(Photo: Instagram/Jacinda Ardern)