Jacinda Ardern, who became New Zealand’s youngest Prime Minister, gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday. Thus, she has become the first world leader in nearly 30 years to have a baby while in office.
The 37-year-old leader took to her official Instagram account to announce the birth of her baby.
“Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. We’re all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital,” she said in her post.
The New Zealand Prime Minister had announced that she is pregnant, which was termed as pathbreaking. The couple found out she was pregnant just a few days before she became prime minister on October 26, 2017.
JUST IN: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern becomes the first world leader in nearly 30 years to have a child while in office. She gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday. https://t.co/Gmc92bMknf pic.twitter.com/WLQZkQYTAb
— CNN International (@cnni) June 21, 2018
“Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we’ll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats,” Ardern said in the post.
At 37, Ardern is the country’s youngest leader since the 19th century
Ardern stands supreme as the third female prime minister out of a total of 40. Also an amateur DJ, Ardern is the second world leader in modern history to give birth while in office. The late Benazir Bhutto, who gave birth while she was Pakistan’s prime minister in 1990, was the first.
“No baby yet…but they are feeding the media,” Jessie Chiang, a New Zealand Radio reporter, tweeted while in the hospital, waiting for good news:
No baby yet…but they are feeding the media 😀 pic.twitter.com/864J1oqPzF
— Jessie Chiang (@je_chiang) June 21, 2018
This is the first child for Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford. She was elected PM in October last year.
She has been the opposition leader and her party, the Labour Party, came second in September’s election. No party was able to get a majority, and the Labour Party formed the government as part of a coalition.
Congratulations to the proud parents!
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