Jacinda Ardern to Benazir Bhutto: A tale of two pregnancies in power

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

(Updated) NZ Prime Minister enters hospital for birth of first child

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has had a baby girl.

The 37-year-old has now passed on her duties to the Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

Ardern, age 37, is just the second elected world leader to give birth while in office, and the first in almost three decades to do so.

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.

"Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45 pm weighing 3.31 kg (7.3 lb)".

The pregnancy news late previous year came as a surprise to Ms Ardern, who then had to simultaneously deal with both intense negotiations to form a government and morning sickness. "We're all doing really well", she wrote.

Ms Ardern is one of very few elected leaders to have give birth while in office.

"It is a woman's decision about when they choose to have children and it should not predetermine whether or not they are given a job or have job opportunities", she said then.

Benazir had assumed the office a day after giving birth to Bakhtawar silencing her critics demanding an interim government and posing questions as to who would take over her position while she would be in the hospital.

Ardern plans on taking six weeks of maternity leave.

The statement said the couple will speak to media as they leave the hospital and Ms Ardern will do a round of interviews with local media as she prepares to return to work.

Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford are proud parents. She didn't take any time off after the birth. "I am not the first woman to multitask".

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.

"She's taken it in her stride, New Zealanders have taken it in their stride. all round I think we're showing huge maturity as a country with this".

Marie Ardern, the prime minister's aunt, who lives in Taranaki, was in tears after hearing the news.

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