By Steve Dellar  |  06-21-2018   News
Photo credit: Jacinda Ardern Instagram

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became only the second leader to give birth to a child whilst in the office today as she delivered a healthy baby girl this morning.

On her Instagram page, she posted a picture and stated: “Welcome to our village wee one.”

“Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb). Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern becomes the first world leader in nearly 30 years to have a child while in office. She gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday. <a href="https://t.co/39BxMo6Kmn">https://t.co/39BxMo6Kmn</a> <a href="https://t.co/C47yyLUl5c">pic.twitter.com/C47yyLUl5c</a></p>&mdash; CNN International (@cnni) <a href="https://twitter.com/cnni/status/1009739512052879360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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As discussed with her cabinet, Ms. Ardern Ms. will now be taking six weeks of parental leave before returning to work. Her partner Mr. Clarke Gayford, who hosts a popular television show about fishing, will then take over to become a stay-at-home parent.

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Former New Zealand Prime Minister Ms. Helen Clark was one of the first to congratulate the happy couple.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to <a href="https://twitter.com/jacindaardern?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jacindaardern</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/NZClarke?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NZClarke</a> on the birth of their daughter 👶🏻today. What a proud day for Jacinda &amp; Clarke &amp; for us all. New life, new hope. Parenting arrangements are <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/genderequality?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#genderequality</a> in action. This is 21st C NZ. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProudKiwi?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ProudKiwi</a> 🇳🇿 <a href="https://t.co/w52w8CJLSJ">https://t.co/w52w8CJLSJ</a></p>&mdash; Helen Clark (@HelenClarkNZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/HelenClarkNZ/status/1009688246522015744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The last female leader to deliver a baby while in office was the late Benazir Bhutto, at the time the prime minister of the nation of Pakistan, who gave birth to her second child whilst in office. She had a daughter in 1990.

Source:

https://twitter.com/HelenClarkNZ/status/1009688246522015744

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