NZ PM in hospital to give birth

NZ PM in hospital to give birth

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the first pregnant world leader in almost 30 years, has been admitted to the hospital to give birth, her office said.

The prime minister discovered she was pregnant during coalition negotiations in October, but waited until January 19 to share the news with the country.

"The baby was born at 4.45pm Tuesday June 21 2018 at Auckland Public Hospital".

While determined to keep working until the day, Ms Ardern has for weeks now been the target of an avalanche of personal questions, parenting advice and intense media attention.

Ms Ardern said: "I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people".

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

It's Ms Ardern's first child, and her partner Clarke Gayford will be a stay-at-home father.

The 37-year-old is New Zealand's third female prime minister and is set to become only the second world leader to bear a child while in office, following in the footsteps of the late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The position of acting Prime Minister falls to current Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and will continue to remain that way while Ardern takes her planned 6-week maternity leave.

Jacinda Ardern announces the birth of her daughter.

Further afield, Queen Elizabeth gave birth to two of her four children after ascending to the throne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

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