New Zealand prime minister gives birth to baby girl

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have welcome their first child

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have welcome their first child

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.

"I'm just pregnant, not incapacitated", she said recently.

The PM was four days past her due date, which was June 17.

The New Zealand PM become an important voice for women and working mothers. Ms Ardern has said she would want to be involved with anything relating to Labour Party ministers.

"It's one of those things where Clarke is absolutely convinced it will come to us as soon as it arrives", Ardern told a New Zealand radio station last month.

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".

Pakistan's Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007, gave birth in January 1990 to her daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, who now describes herself on Twitter as "1st child born to a sitting female Prime Minister".

Congratulations, Clarke and Jacinda!

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In my view, New Zealand is showing that no doors are closed to women, that having a baby while being prime minister can be managed, and that it's acceptable for male partners to be full-time carers.

Ardern is eligible to take 18 weeks of maternity leave. "It was a week before (Deputy Prime Minister) Winston Peters made his decision about how to form a coalition government....so it's been a long time to carry that secret".

"Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness", she wrote.

Ms Ardern was driven to hospital by her partner Clark Gayford and arrived at 5.50am this morning.

Ardern will be taking six weeks maternity leave before returning to office, with her deputy Winston Peters assuming the reins, although she will remain on call for any matters of significance.

She is the first world leader to give birth in almost three decades.

An instagram of the baby captioned "Welcome to our village wee one", had reached 10,000 likes after just a few minutes. 125 years ago, it became the first country where women won the right to vote.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's prime minster, reacts during a bilateral meeting with Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, in the gardens of number 10 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

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