New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern ‘feeling very lucky’ after giving birth to baby girl

She may be busy running a country, but New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also found time to give birth to a baby girl.

The world leader and her partner Clarke Gayford welcomed their first child earlier today and announced the happy news via Instagram.

Sharing a snap with her 167,000 followers, 37-year-old Jacinda uploaded a selfie of her, Clarke and their bundle of joy as they enjoyed the first moments of parenthood at Auckland City Hospital.

Jacinda captioned the post: ‘Welcome to our village wee one. Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb)

‘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,’ she added.

Jacinda announced that she was pregnant at the beginning of the year, which made her New Zealand’s first Prime Minister to be expecting whilst in the leadership role.

She is now the second world leader in history to give birth while in office. She follows in the footsteps of Benazir Bhutto who gave birth in 1990 whilst she was Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters has stepped in as acting Prime Minister and will run the country for the next six weeks while Jacinda takes maternity leave, according to an agreement they published earlier.

Speaking about it recently in an interview with Fairfax media, Jacinda commented: ‘There actually hasn’t really been a need to put down a plan… We already talk about significant issues, that will just continue, we’ll just be in different roles.’

She also confirmed that she plans to return to work at the beginning of August, and her partner will take care of the baby and will travel with Jacinda between their Auckland home and the capital, Wellington, as well on international engagements.