New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Gives Birth To Baby Girl

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Gives Birth To Baby Girl

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern posted a message welcoming the healthy newborn "to our village" and shared a photo of her and partner Clarke Gayford with the baby at Auckland City Hospital.

She wrote on social media at the time: "We'll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats". She previously shot down questions about whether a Prime Minister can have a child in office and still continue her duties, telling a press conference she is not "the first woman to multi-task".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday, becoming one of the few world leaders to do so while in power. Incidentally, Ms Ardern's baby was born on what would have been Ms Bhutto's birthday.

Ardern, age 37, is just the second elected world leader to give birth while in office, and the first in almost three decades to do so. She did not disclose the gender before the birth.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tweeted: "The whole world is wishing you well".

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The 37-year-old took to Instagram to reveal the birth of her daughter Thursday (Jun 21), but has downplayed the significance of her pregnancy. "I am not the first woman to work and have a baby; there are many women who have done this before".

Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007, gave birth to her daughter Bakhtawar in January 1990, and also gave birth while out on the campaign trail in 1988. But she didn't take maternity leave, meaning that first goes to Ardern.

James Shaw, the leader of New Zealand's Green Party, which is a member of New Zealand's ruling coalition with Ardern's Labour Party and New Zealand First, said the birth of the prime minister's child represented New Zealand values. She and her partner, fishing show presenter Clarke Gayford, 40, were told they'd need medical assistance and had given up earlier in the year. She became a symbol for working mothers everywhere, her story serving as a reminder that women should not have to choose between motherhood and a position of leadership.

But it won't want to make the birth of the prime minister's child too political, as there will be plenty of goodwill for the new family - any attacks seen as too opportunistic or critical of the PM for taking time off with a new child may backfire.

Ms Ardern assured she would still be on call, and the government would be business as usual.

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