Jacinda gives birth to a baby girl

Jacinda Ardern's last week of work as PM ahead of taking leave was conducted from Auckland within driving distance

Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday, and is now the first ever world leader to be on maternity leave while in office. Her deputy, Winston Peters, is to run the country as acting PM for the next six weeks.

Instead, the New Zealand Prime Minister will spend the day privately with her family, including the country's new first dad, the baby's father Clarke Gayford.

Ms Ardern was elected in October and shared the news in January that she and Mr Gayford were expecting a child.

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, gave birth to a daughter on Thursday.

Ardern thanked everyone for their kindness and said they were all doing really well. The first was Benazir Bhutto, the late former Prime Minister of Pakistan, in 1990.

"The thing to keep in mind is: I'm not dead", she told TVNZ.

"The prime minister having a baby while in office is a symbolically significant moment for our country, women in particular, and sends an important message that caring for children is one of the most important jobs in the world", said Davidson.

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Ms Ardern was admitted to a hospital in the city of Auckland early on Thursday morning, four days after her due date.

She announced her pregnancy a few months after she took office. "These things may seem minor at the time, but to the labouring woman, he or she is her rock, her strength to succeed!" says Liz Pearce, Parent Education and Operations Manager at Parents Centres New Zealand.

"I totally accept that I will be asked that question because I chose to be honest about it", Ardern said on "The AM Show", a New Zealand radio program.

A thankful Ms Ardern took the joy of motherhood in her stride.

James Shaw, the leader of New Zealand's Green Party, which is a member of New Zealand's ruling coalition with Ardern's Labour Party and New Zealand First, said the birth of the prime minister's child represented New Zealand values.

"New Zealanders are incredibly generous people and have been generous in their support of me regardless of the politics just as another human being going into a new stage of life".

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