After giving birth, New Zealand leader craves mac-n-cheese

New Zealand's Prime Minister Is Now On Maternity Leave

New Zealand's Prime Minister Is Now On Maternity Leave

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to her first child, a girl, on Thursday, Ardern said in a posting on Instagram.

"I'm really proud of Jacinda, she's my friend first and foremost and it's just so exciting for them, I think they're going to be the most wonderful parents", Mr Robertson said.

The newborn baby has spent the day wrapped in that blanket, her office said. "Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness".

The family will be spending a second night at Auckland City Hospital. Ardern has yet to announce the name of the child.

And she gave birth to that baby girl yesterday, announcing the arrival with her partner Clarke Gayford and the words, "welcome to the village wee one".

Ardern, who was elected past year and announced her pregnancy in January, plans to take six weeks of parental leave.

The 37-year-old prime minister has become the first elected world leader to take maternity leave and for the next six weeks will only be consulting on major issues while her deputy, Winston Peters, handles day-to-day matters. Pakistan's Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007, gave birth in January 1990 to her daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, who now describes herself on Twitter as "1st child born to a sitting female Prime Minister".

"The term Prime Miniature is just too ideal. please can we call her nothing else?" a person called Nic tweeted.

Tributes have come in from around the world, including from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and from Google, which posted an image in the shape of a heart on its New Zealand homepage along with the message "Congratulations!"

Ardern is the youngest prime minister New Zealand has had since 1856, and her leadership and pregnancy have sparked nationwide excitement, which the local media have dubbed "Jacindamania".

"This is a sign of our maturity as a country and its acceptance that combining career and family is a choice which women are free to make", she wrote.

Ardern found out she was pregnant on October 13, just six days before she was propelled into the job when Peters, the leader of the New Zealand First Party, announced he was siding with her Labour Party in post-election negotiations.

The Prime Minister's office says it has received other messages from around the world but Ardern was yet to read them all.

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