22 June 2018 - New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Gives Birth to Baby Girl
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern becomes just second world leader to give birth in office
Jonathan Vigliotti (CBS News, 21/06/2018)
There was no press gaggle or hospital door wave. Just a single photo posted on Instagram: "Welcome to our village, wee one," wrote Prime Minister and new mom Jacinda Ardern.
She is only the second world leader in modern history to give birth while in office -- the first was Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto.
Ardern was driven in her own car to Auckland City Hospital and delivered her child in the public wing, the end to a pregnancy that was extraordinary just for how ordinary it was. It's a point underscored in January when she and her partner made the announcement to media camped on their doorstep.
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern welcomes her ‘wee girl to our village’
Bernard Lagan (The Times, 22/06/2018)
Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, has become the second world leader in modern history to have a child in office.
Ms Ardern, 37, gave birth to a 3.31kg (7.3lb) girl yesterday after a ten-hour labour. She announced the arrival by posting a picture of herself and Clarke Gayford, her partner, with their daughter on Instagram. She wrote: “Welcome to our village wee one.”
The post quickly attracted more than 100,000 likes.
Helen Clark: Ardern and Gayford sending 'very powerful' statement to the world on gender equality
(New Zealand Herald, 22/06/2018)
Former prime minister Helen Clark says the birth of Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford's baby is sending a "very powerful" statement to the world on gender equality.
Prime Minister Ardern and her partner Gayford welcomed their first child, a baby girl, on Thursday.
She was born at Auckland City Hospital at 4.45pm, weighing 3.31kg (7lbs 5oz).
'That's 4.2 million godparents': New Zealand basks in 'first baby' glow
Charles Anderson and Aimie Cronin (The Guardian, 22/06/2018)
New Zealand is basking in a nationwide new baby glow after prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced the birth of her first child on Thursday.
The arrival of the as-yet-unnamed baby girl, dubbed the “first pēpi”, made it onto every major newspaper front page on Friday. The Press in Christchurch went with a pink banner. The New Zealand Herald had a special celebratory wrap-around. The Bay of Plenty Times splashed with “It’s a girl!”.
The “very fine and wonderful occasion” was also marked with a specially-commissioned poem by the poet laureate titled Jacinda and Clarke and Baby and Us.