Jacinda Becomes Second Leader To Give Birth While In Office
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, on Thursday became the the second leader to give birth while in office, in another milestone for women in politics.
She took to his Instagram page to reveal the birth of her daughter Thursday, but has downplayed the significance of her pregnancy.
“Plenty of women have multitasked before me, and I want to acknowledge that,” she said in January.
The 37-year-old will take six weeks of maternity leave, and has now passed on her duties to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.
However, she said she would be consulted on significant issues and would continue to read cabinet papers during her time away.
The baby was born at 16:45 (04:45 GMT). Ms Ardern later broke news of the birth on social media, saying she felt very lucky and thanking staff at the hospital.
In a statement, she also said: “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.“