New Zealand leader leaves hospital 3 days after giving birth

New Zealand leader leaves hospital 3 days after giving birth

New Zealand leader leaves hospital 3 days after giving birth

Baby will receive her first bath Saturday afternoon and the PM's mother Laurell Ardern is also expected to visit.

The name is derived from the Irish name Niamh, which means bright, radiant and snow, Arden told reporters at Auckland Hospital.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Sunday she had named her new-born daughter Neve Te Aroha as she prepared to leave hospital amidst an outpouring of public excitement. Jacinda Ardern and her spouse live demonstrating this is lovely to see, and may this freedom extend to more of us.

The baby will be known as Neve Gayford for short.

"Te Aroha. was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown before she even arrived", she said.

"So I hope for little girls and boys that there's a future where they can make choices about how they raise their family and what kind of career they have, that are just based on what they want and what makes them happy", she said.

Since the birth the new family have since been inundated with good wishes, gestures and gifts, ranging from a private message from the Queen and congratulatory tweets from world leaders, such as Canada's Justin Trudeau and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, and a baby blanket from Ngāi Tahu. Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto gave birth while she was prime minister in 1990.

"Over the next six weeks we'll do what every other parent does and learn the little nuances ... and just figure things out as we go".

Ardern and Gayford said they kept a shortlist of names before they settled on the two names that they thought best fit the newest member of their family.

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"We're all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital", she said in her post.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern carries her newborn baby Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford as she walks out of the Auckland Hospital in New Zealand, June 24, 2018.

"We've gone for simplicity, because Clarke with an "e" has caused all sorts of problems, and Jacinda with a "d", she said.

"We chose Neve because we just liked it", Ms Ardern said.

Ardern has had little sleep over the past few days, with the baby also described as being "very alert and one hungry baby".

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

The couple announced the birth to the public on Instagram at 6.15pm that night.

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.

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