Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives birth to her first child

NZ 21/06/2018

New Zealand's Prime Minister has a brand new title: Mum.

PM Jacinda Arden and her partner Clarke Gayford have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, born at 4.45pm today Auckland City Hospital.

The Prime Minister had initially been given Sunday 27th June as her pending due date, but was still working on her ministerial duties from her Mt Albert home up until she was admitted, her partner Clarke tweeted.

Only the next morning, 17 hours since Clarke's tweet, did the PM's office confirm she had arrived at Auckland City Hospital to have her baby.

Deputy PM Winston Peters will officially assume the role as acting prime minister for the next six weeks.

While it's no new feat that she has become a new mum today, the 37-year-old does become the first world leader in almost three decades to give birth while in office. 

Her pregnancy announcement also prompted a conversation about working mothers in the country.

“I am not the first woman to multitask," the PM said in her announcement in January.

"I am not the first woman to work and have a baby. I know these are special circumstances but there will be many women who will have done this well before I have.”

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