New Zealand PM gives birth: What you need to know

Jacinda Ardern in Northland June 2018

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".

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

She wrote on Instagram: 'Welcome to our village wee one. Ms Ardern later broke news of the birth on social media, saying she felt very lucky and thanking staff at the hospital.

Her office says both mum and the baby are doing well.

The birth of Jacinda Ardern's baby is first and foremost a time of great happiness for Jacinda and her partner, Clarke Gayford.

Ms Ardern will now take six weeks off on maternity leave, with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to take over as Acting Prime Minister in the interim.

The prime minister, who had been given a due date of June 17, only stopped flying to the capital on June 11.

The PM follows former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as the second world leader to give birth while in office.

That may include a disciplinary matter - all Cabinet ministers serve at the pleasure of the Prime Minister regardless of the party they're with.

"I am not the first woman to multitask". Once she became prime minister, she put those plans on hold.

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.

Revealing her pregnancy last January, she said: 'Lots of people juggle a lot of things in their personal and private lives, and I'm not unusual in that.

Her return to work will not be as swift as French Justice Minister Rachida Dati who went back to work only five days after giving birth in 2009.

Yuka Ogata took her seven-month-old son to join a municipal assembly session in western Kumamoto city, but other lawmakers asked her to leave - ostensibly because rules stipulated that only politicians, staff members and city officials were allowed to take part.

"And then lo-and-behold suddenly we learn that she has not only gone and delivered democracy she's also delivered a baby".

She became leader of the New Zealand Labour party and of the opposition a mere seven weeks before last September's general election.

Yesterday Clarke Gayford tweeted a photo of the prime minister still working at home.

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