New Zealand Labour Party

Congratulations from around the world

Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a healthy baby girl at 4:45pm yesterday, making her only the second woman in history to give birth while Prime Minister.

News of the arrival has resonated around the world, with several notable figures and groups taking the opportunity to congratulate Jacinda and her partner Clarke.

Take a look at just some of the messages across social media over the last 24 hours:

Helen Clark, former PM and Labour Party leader:

Congratulations to @jacindaardern & @NZClarke on the birth of their daughter today. What a proud day for Jacinda & Clarke & for us all. New life, new hope. Parenting arrangements are #genderequality in action. This is 21st C NZ. #ProudKiwi

Helen also included a video to the new parents set against the backdrop of the Canadian mountains.


Theresa May, PM of the United Kingdom:

Congratulations to @JacindaArdern and @NZClarke on the birth of your little girl.


Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the UK Labour Party:

Congratulations to New Zealand's Labour Prime Minister @JacindaArdern on giving birth to a baby girl. It was a real pleasure to meet Jacinda with @EmilyThornberry in April in London. The whole of @UKLabour sends you our best wishes.


Justin Trudeau, PM of Canada:

Welcome to the wonderful world of parenting @jacindaardern & Clarke! Pro tip, Jacinda: Briefing notes make excellent bed time stories.


Leo Varadkar, PM of Ireland:

Congrats to you and Clarke on the birth of your baby girl. No doubt you’ll be a great mum. Sending best wishes from Ireland.


Malcolm Turnbull, PM of Australia:

Congratulations mum! Lots of love to you and Clarke and your wee daughter! Look forward to introducing her to our grandchildren! Malcolm and Lucy


Bill Shorten, Leader of the Australian Labour Party:

Wonderful news! Congrats @jacindaardern + @NZClarke


Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari (daughter of Benzair Bhutto, the first woman to give birth while PM) :

Congratulations PM @jacindaardern on the birth of your daughter! Reposting this, relevant as ever, “Benazir Bhutto showed you can be a mother and prime minister #Pakistan #NewZealand


Search engine Google gave a subtle congratulations on their NZ site, posting a fish-hook symbol referencing Ardern's initial pregnancy announcement.


The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra dedicated a lullaby for the new arrival:



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