New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have welcomed their first child, a baby.
Ms. Ardern, 37, whose youth and surprise rise to power have made her a global celebrity, delivered her baby at the country’s largest public hospital, in Auckland a city in New Zealand’s North Island. As she entered the hospital on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters officially assumed the role of acting prime minister.
She has now Become the second world leader to give birth to a baby while in office after late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who gave birth to daughter Bakhtawar in 1990. Ms. Ardern annouced on Instagram, saying:
“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. We’re all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital.”