NZ PM Jacinda Ardern Has Given Birth To A Gorgeous Baby


NZ PM Jacinda Ardern Has Given Birth To A Gorgeous Baby

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a healthy baby girl.

"Welcome to our village wee one," the 37-year-old politician posted on social media on Thursday night, having been driven to hospital on Thursday morning by partner, Clarke Gayford.

The baby was born at 4.45pm (local time) weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb) and both mother and child were doing well, Ms Ardern's office said.

"I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people," she said in a statement.

There was no mention of a name, although Ms Ardern earlier warned the couple were struggling to pick one.

Although a crowd of reporters have been gathering at Auckland Hospital - NZ's biggest public hospital, since the morning, the family are not expected to address media until at least Friday.

Ms Ardern now becomes the first elected world leader to take maternity leave - and only the second to have a child while in office.

News of the impending birth has drawn headlines in major publications and agencies around the world throughout the day.

The announcement of the birth spurred an immediate swell of congratulations of social media and from across the political spectrum.

But the Labour leader has played down the global attention she's received as a role model in recent months.

"I am able to do what I'm doing because I have enormous support around me and it makes me quite privileged," she said recently.

Determined to keep working until the final moment, Ms Ardern travelled until last week and her office on Thursday confirmed she was still texting staff after going into labour to make sure they were fine.

Born on June 21, her baby will share a birthday with Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the only other elected leader to have a child while in power. It's also Prince William's birthday.

The pregnancy news late last year came as a surprise to the Labour Party leader, who had to simultaneously deal with both intense negotiations to form a government and morning sickness.

Ms Ardern has since faced a stream of personal questions, parenting advice and media attention.

Recently, she has been talking down her coming absence from politics, assuring her country it'll be business as usual during her six weeks off.

While her day-to-do duties will be handled by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, 73, Ms Ardern will be on call for any major decisions.

Mr Gayford, 40, will be the child's primary carer after Ms Ardern returns to parliament.