New Zealand politician Jacinda Ardern delivered her second child as a parliamentary session got underway in Parliament House in Wellington, capital of New Zealand. The government leader was in labor for most of the day, after which she crossed the floor to the Labour Party and gave birth to a boy. “A new Labour Government after 16 years would never have happened without you,” Ardern wrote on Facebook of the birth of her son Neve Te Aroha Ardern Te Aroha. “I am still overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude, and awe at what you have been able to accomplish.” She also addressed parliament before giving birth, thanking colleagues for their support and his ministers “for staying in their places.”
Ardern, who represented the Labour Party in the New Zealand Parliament from 2010 to 2017, announced her pregnancy in November 2017. She was 37 years old at the time, and she and partner Clarke Gayford, who is also a television chef, live in Auckland with Neve. In addition to her two teenage children, Ardern is also stepmother to her partner’s son, who is now 22 years old. Ardern, who is the country’s youngest prime minister in the 30-year history of the country’s parliament, was previously a high-profile journalist, having covered news for papers including the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and appearing as a political commentator.
In the days leading up to her delivery, Ardern had focused on getting ready for the evening’s session, and had managed to head down to Wellington to perform her parliamentary duties with both water- and non-milked feedings. She posted a series of Instagram shots in the days leading up to the birth, in which she displayed a midsection in good form.
In her speech on the floor before being taken to a private suite in Parliament Hall, Ardern talked about the difficulties of being pregnant in office and revealed that for the first time she knew she was in labor. “Someone said to me recently that women do not face the same challenges as men. I had never heard that before,” she said, adding that while it was rewarding to be a new mother, it was also “a period of test after test.” She also assured her colleagues that they could still expect leadership to be a goal. “I will not be able to share in this child’s life, but I am still going to be part of it,” she said. “I’m going to be an old goat.” Ardern and Gayford announced the name of the baby boy on the third day of her pregnancy, when it was revealed that Ardern and Gayford, with whom she shares a home, had conceived via artificial insemination with the help of a donor egg and donor sperm.
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