PM Jacinda Ardern gives birth to baby girl

Jacinda Ardern's last week of work as PM ahead of taking leave was conducted from Auckland within driving distance

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

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl in an Auckland hospital today, becoming only the second world leader to do so while in office.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern posted a message welcoming the healthy newborn "to our village" and shared a photo of her and partner Clarke Gayford with the baby at Auckland City Hospital.

Instagram posts, national excitement and well-wishing from political rivals: Jacinda Ardern's journey to motherhood was very different to that made three decades earlier by Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the only other world leader to have given birth while in office.

Ardern's due date was June 17.

Ms Ardern said they were "all doing well" and thanked the team at Auckland City Hospital.

The former prime minister said attitudes had changed since she'd entered politics and that was a good thing.

Ms Ardern is the first person to give birth while in office since 1990.

"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.

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At the same time, Ardern does not plan to entirely shirk her duties while on leave.

"It was a defining moment, especially for young women, proving that a woman could work and have a baby in the highest and most challenging leadership positions".

Well wishes have also come from former prime minister Helen Clark, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and US Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown.

Ardern became the leader of New Zealand's Labour Party in September and was elected prime minister a few weeks later. She didn't take maternity leave, however, meaning that first goes to Ardern.

"I do not want to create a false impression that all women should be super-human or super-women", she said recently.

Ms Ardern will share news of the birth herself - most likely through Instagram like she did the pregnancy bombshell - which will the be followed by a formal government announcement. Winston Peters will serve as acting prime minister in the interim.

"Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness".

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