New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern in labour with first child

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern in labour with first child

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a baby girl this afternoon.

The Prime Minister's Office confirmed that Ardern arrived at Auckland hospital, with her partner Clarke Gayford, to have her baby, early this morning.

Her partner, Clarke Gayford, hosts a fishing documentary series, but will give that up to be a stay-at-home dad.

The prime minister discovered she was pregnant during coalition negotiations in October, but waited until January 19 to share the news with the country.

Jacinda Ardern announces the birth of her daughter.

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Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is now acting prime minister and will run the country for the next six weeks while Ms Ardern takes maternity leave according to a previously published agreement, her office said in a statement.

The baby was born at 4.45pm at Auckland Public Hospital and weighs 3.31 kgs.

Ms Ardern's due date was June 17. "We wanted a family but weren't sure it would happen for us, which has made this news unexpected but exciting", she said in a statement at the time.

The 37-year-old would become just the second elected world leader in modern times to give birth while in office, after the late Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto gave birth to daughter Bakhtawar in 1990. Although she will still be consulted for some relatively major decisions, like national security big.

The pregnancy news late past year came as a surprise to Ms Ardern, who then had to simultaneously deal with both intense negotiations to form a government and morning sickness.

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