Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

New Zealand welcomes First Baby, a 'healthy girl'

New Zealand welcomes First Baby, a 'healthy girl'

Just a handful of elected leaders worldwide have given birth while in office, notably Benazir Bhutto, who had her son in 1990 while prime minister of Pakistan.

The girl arrived at 4:45 p.m. weighing 3.3 kilograms (7.3 pounds).

Jacinda Ardern's baby announcement on Instagram.

The world's attention is on Jacinda Ardern after today's arrival of her daughter - and 1 NEWS reporter Paul Hobbs went live to discus it with a worldwide audience on CNN. She has not said whether she's expecting a boy or a girl.

"And I called him back, and he was kind of exasperated because I had just got off the phone to him, and he was surrounded by his whole film crew".

But for the public in New Zealand and beyond, the new arrival in our country's first family also has considerable significance. "I am not the first woman to work and have a baby; there are many women who have done this before", she said earlier this year in a Radio New Zealand interview. Opposition leaders said that "the country would be leaderless while she was hospitalized", The New York Times reported at the time.

It was all a far cry from 1990, when Bhutto, the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim-majority nation, told nearly no-one she was pregnant until Bakhtawar was born on January 25.

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Former prime minister Helen Clark tweeted it was "a proud day for Jacinda & Clarke & for us all".

"As acting prime minister, the deputy prime minister may exercise other prime ministerial functions and powers, in consultation (where appropriate and practicable) with the prime minister".

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson congratulated Ardern on behalf of the party, saying: "As a mum, my heart is bursting with pride and love for the Prime Minister and her whanau, and [we] wish them the very best for their future".

She thanked everyone for their kindness and said they were all doing well, and also thanked the team at the hospital.

Ardern shared a photo of her family on Instagram. She will take six weeks of parental leave, returning to office in August.

"I think this will give women a boost, of really believing anything is possible", Werth continued.

Now it is breaking new ground with a prime minister giving birth and her partner becoming a stay-at-home father.

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