Baby Girl for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Charlene Craig
June 23, 2018

She is only the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office after late Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto had daughter Bakhtawar in 1990. "I'm very emotional and I'm very happy".

Her partner, Clarke Gayford, hosts a fishing documentary series, but will give that up to be a stay-at-home dad.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark welcomed the birth in an email to The Associated Press and said that New Zealanders had embraced Ardern's decisions.

Asked earlier this month how the couple had been faring in their quest to choose a baby name, Ms Ardern responded: "Terribly".

National Party leader Simon Bridges and his wife Natalie have offered their warm congratulations.

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"Clarke and I have always been clear we wanted to be parents but had been told we would need help for that to happen".

"Being parents is a joy and a privilege and we are sure your new arrival will fill your lives with all the happiness our children have ours", Bridges said. "Our family wishes yours every happiness".

Green Party co-leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw also sent their best wishes.

The yet-to-be-named baby girl was born on Thursday afternoon, weighing 3.31 kilograms. I think we are really privileged in New Zealand to have a prime minister who is going to know what that's like.

"Of course, the fact I'm having a baby while in office is [unprecedented]".

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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.

The 37-year-old prime minister, who was elected in October, announced her pregnancy in January via Instagram.

It was an extraordinary rise for Ms Ardern - she only became leader a few weeks before the September election when her colleagues turned to her to save them from an electoral massacre.

Ardern - who is the world's youngest female head of government - will now have six weeks of maternity leave before returning to work.

However, the pair plan to share some photographs throughout the period the prime minister is on maternity leave - and that will likely be via both of their Instagram accounts.

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