(Updated) NZ Prime Minister enters hospital for birth of first child

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 21, 2018

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern has arrived at hospital to give birth to her first child.

Jacinda Ardern has gone into hospital to give birth. They arrived at 5.50am.

While the day-to-do prime-ministerial duties will be handled by the polarising, 73-year-old deputy PM Winston Peters, Ms Ardern will still be on call for any major decisions.

She's expected to briefly speak to reporters after the birth.

The Green Party co-leaders have send their best wishes, saying it is historic moment for the country.

Ms Ardern is in an end room of the maternity ward where there is less foot traffic.

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It will be Ms Ardern's first child, and Mr Gayford will be primary caregiver.

The pregnancy news late a year ago came as a surprise to Ms Ardern, who then had to simultaneously deal with both intense negotiations to form a government and morning sickness. The couple announced the pregnancy to the public on 19 January.

It was the first time in the country's history that a prime minister was pregnant while in office.

Ms Ardern's press staff says the prime minister expects no preferential treatment.

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

Asked earlier this month how the couple had been faring while trying to choose a name, Ardern responded: "Terribly".

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