New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed her first child! Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, are now proud parents of a baby girl after she went into labour and was admitted into hospital around 5:50 a.m. local time on Thursday, June 21. On Sunday, June 24, they revealed the newborn's name to be Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.
The 37-year-old is the second world leader in history to give birth while in office. The last woman to do so was Benazir Bhutto, then prime minister of Pakistan, in 1990.
Ardern announced her pregnancy in January, and is set to be on maternity leave for the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will take on the role of Acting Prime Minister during her time off. Congratulations to the happy family!