Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Welcomes Baby Girl

The Woman Who Gave Birth While Running New Zealand

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered a baby girl —and made some history

On June 21, Jacinda Ardern did what countless other working women have done over the ages: She gave birth. But not many can say they've delivered new babies while steering a nation. As the prime minister of New Zealand, Adern, 37, becomes one of few elected national leaders in modern history to give birth while in office. (Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was the last to do so, in 1990.) Ardern was elected in October of last year and announced that she was expecting in January. "I am not the first woman to multitask," Adern said in an interview with Radio New Zealand earlier in the year. Here, a look back at her very busy, high-profile pregnancy. (Above: The first photo of Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford with their new daughter.)

ROYAL VISIT DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images ROYAL VISIT Ardern and Gayford greet Queen Elizabeth II on April 19. Ardern will take six weeks of parental leave and Gayford, who hosts a TV show about fishing, will be the stay-at-home parent. The deputy prime minister has taken over as acting prime minister while she's on leave, although the BBC reports she'll still be consulted on significant issues. FESTIVAL QUEEN Phil Walter/Getty Images FESTIVAL QUEEN Ardern speaks at a Pacific Island cultural festival, March 24.

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