Jacinda Ardern welcomes baby girl

Hannah Rogers
June 22, 2018

Ms Ardern is only the second elected leader in modern history - after Pakistan's Benazhir Bhutto in 1990 - to give birth while in office.

The baby girl, whose name has not been revealed, arrived at 4:45 p.m. local time, weighing 7.3 pounds.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: JNew Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) arrives to attend The Queen's Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England.

Ms Ardern's pregnancy had prompted widespread debate about working mothers - some championing her for breaking new ground while others questioned her ability to work with a newborn.

Her office said it would announced later when the family leave the hospital.

She has said she's confident the government will continue to run smoothly in her absence. "Thank you", Ardern said.

From the moment Ardern's office announced she was in the hospital, New Zealand media outlets dispatched reporters to the scene and kicked off live blogs documenting the day.

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Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar left as a precaution after feeling soreness while jogging. He felt some pain and went to the physiotherapy, and tomorrow he will train normally.

Ms Ardern worked until late into her pregnancy, regularly encountering members of the public who touched her stomach and passed on gifts such as "onesies" and miniature rain boots, known as "gumboots". In that short time, she took her party out of a near death zone of low polling to a highly credible election result, and then through the successful coalition negotiations which resulted in her becoming prime minister in October at the age of 37.

"Can I extend very best wishes to all the family at this very happy time", Mr Peters said.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tweeted: "The whole world is wishing you well". Winston Peters will serve as acting prime minister in the interim.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses Parliament in May in Wellington, New Zealand.

She added: 'We're all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital'.

Her partner, Clarke Gayford, hosts a fishing documentary series, but will give that up to be a stay-at-home dad. She didn't take maternity leave, however, meaning that first goes to Ardern.

"Welcome to our village wee one", Ardern said. "I am not the first woman to multitask".

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