It's a girl: New Zealand's Prime Minister has a baby

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Just a handful of elected leaders worldwide have given birth while in office, notably Benazir Bhutto, who had her son in 1990 while prime minister of Pakistan.

The yet-to-be-named baby girl was born on Thursday afternoon, weighing 3.31 kilograms.

Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a baby girl.

Ms Ardern's pregnancy had prompted widespread debate about working mothers - some championing her for breaking new ground while others questioned her ability to work with a newborn.

"It's wonderful", she said.

"These events and the way our country has greeted them will be seen as inspirational by all who advocate for gender equality and women's empowerment", Ms Clark said. Asked by reporters if she had made a choice, Ardern said the process was going "terribly", per The New York Times.

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Not really. New Zealand's opposition politicians were largely quite supportive.

Prior to her, Queen Elizabeth II gave birth to Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964 after her ascension to the throne in 1952.

"Can I extend very best wishes to all the family at this very happy time", Mr Peters said.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has now taken over as acting prime minister. Ardern plans to take six weeks of leave before returning to work.

The story was the most read on The Guardian, and the site shared an opinion piece by former Prime Minister Helen Clark, titled "Jacinda Ardern shows that no doors are closed to women.". "Thank you", Ms Ardern said in a statement.

She wrote on Instagram: 'Welcome to our village wee one.

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Ardern's partner, Clarke Gayford, will be a stay-at-home father.

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

Ardern became Prime Minister of New Zealand last October, after forging a three-way coalition only several months after taking the reigns of the Labour Party.

Ms Ardern has remained hard at work during the course of her pregnancy, and news of the child was celebrated worldwide when she announced she was due to give birth.

"I also think there are women every day who manage of all of these things - I just manage to do my job in a public way and I happen to have probably more people than most around me supporting me".

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