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After giving birth, New Zealand leader craves Mac-n-cheese

Wellington, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was recovering strength with macaroni and cheese on Friday and planned to spend at least one more night in a public hospital in Auckland with her newborn girl.

Ardern became the second world leader elected on Thursday to give birth while in office. Many expect the 37-year-old to become a role model to combine motherhood with political leadership.

Tributes have come from all over the world, including from Queen Elizabeth II and Google, who posted a heart-shaped image on their New Zealand website along with the message "Congratulations!"

Ardern posted an Instagram post on Friday thanking "our wonderful midwife Libby".

"Not only is she amazing in what she does, this morning she made me macaroni and cheese because yesterday she heard me mention a whim of craving," Ardern wrote.

Ardern has not yet made a public appearance since she gave birth or announced a name for the girl. Earlier he had said that the search for a name had been "terrible".

Ardern's partner, Clarke Gayford, spent Thursday night with Ardern in the hospital. He plans to become the child's primary caregiver when Ardern returns to work after a six-week leave. Vice Premier Winston Peters assumed the position of acting prime minister.

The last leader in giving birth while in office was the late Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, who in 1990 gave birth to Bakhtawar. The daughter congratulated Ardern on social media this week, noting that Ardern's baby was born on Benazir Bhutto's birthday. Bhutto, who would have turned 65, was murdered in 2007.

Speaking to the media in the city of Nelson, Ardern's parents, Ross and Laurell Ardern, said the baby had been very active during the night and had He kept his daughter awake. Laurell Ardern said he had been studying the photos carefully.

"The baby was looking at Jacinda and it seemed like he was impressed by her and I could not understand how alert he was after he was born," she said. He said. "Then, I'm dying to see her, hug her and see how she is."

Laurell Ardern said she had had people approaching her saying that her daughter had been an inspiration, including a woman who cared about her. a job was too hard for her, but then she thought, "Well, if Jacinda can do it, I'll do it."

The former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, said that the birth and the way the country had greeted it would be seen as inspiring by advocates of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

"This is a sign of our maturity as a country and its acceptance that the combination of career and family is an option that women are free to do," Clark wrote in an email. "Let's celebrate Clarke as a modern man who is happy to be the full-time father of a little boy."


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