New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl ‘to our village’

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2018

After announcing the arrival of her baby daughter - name unrevealed as of yet - the New Zealand Prime Minister took some time today to thank her midwife Libby.

"It's been great", she told reporters at her last major public event before giving birth. Amazingly, baby brain didn't halt her progress or success in the role, possibly because it doesn't exist.

CNN's most senior worldwide correspondent Christiane Amanpour told Heather du Plessis-Allan the Prime Minister's proving to the world women can juggle motherhood and a career.

New Zealand has long had a progressive reputation and was the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893 and Ardern is the country's third female prime minister.

"The nurses described the child as "very alert and one hungry baby", the spokesman added. Ardern said Monday, June 11, 2018 she plans to remain within driving distance of Auckland for the rest of this week as she prepares to give birth.

Ardern distributed a photo showing her and partner Clarke Gayford with the baby at Auckland City Hospital.

"Welcome to our village wee one", Ardern, 37, wrote on Instagram.

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark believed Ardern and Gayford had sent a significant message to the world, particularly with Gayford being a stay-at-home dad.

The last leader to deliver a baby while in office was the late Benazir Bhutto, then prime minister of Pakistan, who gave birth to her second child, a daughter, in 1990.

"We're a family that are fairly well grounded and to see this on the worldwide media is absolutely different - I can say that without a shadow of a doubt", Ross Ardern told RNZ. I think we are really privileged in New Zealand to have a prime minister who is going to know what that's like. "It's inspirational for younger women and men".

She said women often tended to be older when they entered politics.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has stepped in as acting prime minister and will run the country for the next six weeks while Ardern takes maternity leave, according to an agreement they published earlier. She said that in other fields women have been combining motherhood and paid work for decades, but it has only recently become more manageable thanks to paid parental leave.

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