New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned to her office on Thursday, six weeks after delivering her first child.
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She made history by becoming the first woman to take maternity leave while in office, reported Reuters.
In an interview with Television New Zealand, she said, “I’m just perhaps amongst some of the first who are doing something that hasn’t been done very often, but one day, it will be normal.”
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Post the 38-year-old’s pregnancy, the parliament of New Zealand has become more baby-friendly. Ardern’s daughter, Neve Te Aroha, will be allowed to cuddle with her mother during debates. She will also be allowed to swim in the pool along with the children of other legislators.
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Ardern had turned eyeballs earlier too, by becoming the youngest prime minister the country has ever had.
She also became the third woman to hold the office. Her personal approval ratings have been at an all-time high with the people coining the phrase “Jacinda Mania” to express their liking for her.
Ardern had emerged a year ago as the leader of the Labour Party, which was struggling then.
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This happened just a week before the general elections were to take place in the country, which ended almost a decade of the National Party rule.
During her leave, the coalition government was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters.
Ardern said that her daughter would travel with her as she is breastfeeding. She will also accompany her mother to New York for the UN General Assembly meeting in September.
After Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto, Ardern is the second leader to have given birth in office.
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Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv