New Zealand prime minister six weeks after childbirth to the work: ‘we will succeed’

Six weeks after her birth, the New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern back to work.

On 21 June, Ardern gave birth to her first child, a girl. She is the first world leader in 28 years that a child gets during her tenure. “I am perhaps the first to do something that not a lot is done, but someday it will be normal,” she says.

When she had her pregnancy announced, said the premier that they have six weeks of maternity leave would include. And those weeks have now passed.

“I am privileged, I have a lot of luck”, said Ardern on the New Zealand radio. “I have a partner that made me to assist, which is a big part of that joint responsibility, because he is a parent, not a babysitter.’


She calls the past weeks, the fastest weeks of her life. ‘But it was fantastic.’ Now she looks forward to her work. “I am ready and would like to go back to work. I had expected that, since Neve was still so young and small, that there is a tension between her needs and my responsibilities. But I have every confidence that it will succeed with all the support that I get.’

Saturday swap Ardern her home city of Auckland, the capital Wellington. The plan is that the baby and her will to travel as long as they are breastfeeding. So is a trip to New York for the UN summit on the agenda.

The previous world leader who a child got during her tenure in office was Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. They went the day after the birth to get back to work.

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