New Zealand's Ardern first leader to give birth in office since 1990

New Zealand's Prime Minister arrives at hospital to give birth. She's the first pregnant world leader since 1990

New Zealand's Prime Minister arrives at hospital to give birth. She's the first pregnant world leader since 1990

New Zealand has long had a progressive reputation and was the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893 and Ardern is the country's third female prime minister.

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

Announcing the pregnancy, Ms Ardern said she would be "PM and a mum", while Mr Gayford, a television presenter for a fishing show, will be "first man of fishing" and become a stay at home dad.

Ms Ardern announced the birth on her Instagram feed a short time ago.

The intervening months have seen a frenzy of excitement from New Zealanders, many of whom took to the web on Thursday to express their happiness.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: JNew Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) arrives to attend The Queen's Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England.

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Recently, she's has also had to talk down her absence from politics, assuring her country it'll be business as usual during her six weeks off.

Ardern has fielded several questions about whether she wanted children, but has told media outlets that she should not have to respond to such an inquiry.

Ardern says she will continue to read Cabinet papers during her time off.

"It is an incredible privilege to be a parent".

"Being parents is a joy and a privilege and we are sure your new arrival will fill your lives with all the happiness our children have ours", Bridges said. "We wish them all the best", he said. In the interim, Ardern has passed her duties on to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. She will take six weeks of parental leave, returning to office in August.

"The next day I was back on the job, reading government papers and signing government files", she later wrote.

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Adern is just the second world leader to give birth while in office.

"Of course, the fact I'm having a baby while in office is [unprecedented]".

Coincidentally, Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007, would have turned 65 today.

Had she lived, Thursday would have been her birthday.

New Zealand's prime minister has arrived at the hospital to have her first child.

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