New Delhi: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to her first child, a girl weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb) on Thursday. This makes her only the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office.
Ardern was admitted to a hospital in the city of Auckland early on Thursday morning, four days after her due date. Since the 37-year-old will take six weeks of maternity leave, her duties have been passed on to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters for the time being.
However, Jacinda Ardern said she would remain in charge by continuing to read cabinet papers during her time away.
Prime Minister Ardern broke news of her becoming a mother on social media, saying she felt very lucky and thanking staff at the hospital in Auckland, “Welcome to our village wee one. Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb) 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.”
According to BBC reports, she said in a statement, “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. Thank you.”
(With agency inputs)