Third night in hospital for PM and daughter

BAKHTAWAR Bhutto standing next to the portrait of her parents Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari. Her mother told almost no one she was pregnant while in office as prime minister until Bakhtawar was born on Jan 25 1990

The name has Irish origins, and means in various forms "bright", "radiant" and "snow". Te Aroha was something we settled on quite early.

Aroha in Maori means "love" and Te Aroha is also the name of a mountain near where Ms Ardern's family come from.

"We're not placing any great expectations on this little baby, except happiness and love", she said.

Although she will become the first elected world leader to take maternity leave - and only the second to have a child while in office - Ms Ardern has played down the significant global attention she's received as a role model.

Mr Gayford said that the birth had been "all a bit of a blur. for both of us", but added: "I won't forget the look on Jacinda's face when she finally held the baby. she looked absolutely just stunned and very, very happy".

"We chose Neve because we just liked it", she told reporters.

Laurell Ardern said she'd had people come up to her saying that her daughter had been an inspiration, including one woman who anxious a job was too hard for her, but then thought 'Well, if Jacinda can do it, I will do it'.

Ardern gave birth in Auckland Hospital, the country's largest public hospital, with Gayford at her side.

Ms Ardern gave birth to Neve on Thursday.

She will take six weeks of leave before returning to work.

Holding her newborn daughter, whose full name is Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, she said she hoped that one day having a baby while leading a country would not be seen as a novelty.

The couple announced the birth of their baby girl Thursday on Instagram, saying they feel "very lucky". "Sleep deprived, but super well", she said.

While the day-to-day 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.

"It's just something really lovely in a world where so much is unfair that we're all very excited about it", said Frances Gerbic, a music teacher living in Auckland.

"I hope for little girls and boys there's a future where they can make choices about how they raise their family and what kind of career they have based on what they want".

Support also flooded in from around the world, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, whom Ardern met in London in April, sending an emailed message of congratulations and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeting at Ardern: "Pro tip, Jacinda: Briefing notes make excellent bed time stories".

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