UPDATE at 4:30 PM AEST | NEW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a healthy baby girl.
Ms Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford welcomed their bundle of joy into the world at Auckland City Hospital at 4.45pm local time (2.45pm AEST) on Thursday.
The new mum-of-one announced her first child’s arrival on Instagram a short time ago: “Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb),” she said.
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“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.”
The 37-year-old was admitted to hospital at 5.50am local time on Thursday morning.
She is just the second world leader to give birth while in office.
EARLIER on Thursday | NEW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been admitted to hospital for the birth of her first child.
The Prime Minister’s office confirmed the 37-year-old arrived at Auckland Hospital at 5.50am on Thursday morning, accompanied by her partner Clarke Gayford.
Ms Ardern will be just the second world leader to give birth while in office.
The hardworking PM first announced she was expecting in a post on social media at the beginning of the year.
“And we thought 2017 was a big year! 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,” Ms Ardern wrote in a post on Facebook.
“I’ll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be “first man of fishing” and stay at home dad.
“I think it’s fair to say that this will be a wee one that a village will raise, but we couldn’t be more excited.”
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has been made Acting Prime Minister for the next six weeks.
– Additional reporting by Shanee Dobeson.