New Zealand PM gives birth to baby girl

Wellington, June 21: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday, the first world leader in nearly 30 years to have a child while in office. In a post on her official Instagram account, Ardern said the baby arrived at 4.45 p.m. and weighed 3.31 kg, CNN reported. Ardern, 37, was admitted to the hospital earlier in the day. Her expected due date had been June 17. She was elected in October and had announced her pregnancy in January via Instagram. Excitement and anticipation had been building over the last few days, with many media outlets setting up live blogs to track the latest developments. New Zealanders also speculated over the baby’s gender and name. One Twitter user joked on Thursday: “If it’s a boy I’m going with Winston Michael Joseph Peter Norman David David David Phillip Andrew Gayford Ardern.” (IANS)