Jacinda Ardern announces her pregnancy

Last week, New Zealand’s Prime Minster, Jacinda Ardern, announced that she and her partner, Clarke, are expecting a baby in June.


The announcement, whilst completely out of the blue for anyone not in Jacinda and Clarke’s inner circle, was greeted with congratulations from around the world. It also prompted a lot of discussion around the role of motherhood and the pressures of being a working mum.

“Jacinda Ardern is capable of being our Prime Minister and a mother, and it will add insight and joy to her work and we should celebrate that,” former prime minister Dame Jenny Shipley said.

The Prime Minister became aware of the pregnancy during coalition talks after the election.

Not the first

Jacinda is set to join a select group of world leaders who have welcomed a new baby into their family during their tenure.  Even more so, only one other female leader in modern history has given birth whilst in power. In 1990, Benazir Bhutto, gave birth to a daughter whilst Prime Minster of Pakistan. She had also previously given birth while campaigning in 1988. The existing President called for a democratic election after learning that she was pregnant, reportedly to plot her downfall. In his mind, a pregnant woman couldn’t possibly campaign, let alone win – which she did.

Thankfully the political climate in New Zealand is definitely more baby-friendly. Speaker of the house, Trevor Mallard, has been known to take care of legislators’ babies during parliamentary debates.

Jacinda plans to take 6 weeks of maternity leave after the birth of the baby, with her partner Clarke taking on the primary caregiver role after her return to work.


  1. Shelz69 28/02/2018 at 11:25 am

    I think its fantastic. I can’t wait to watch her belly grow and I think it is going to do a lot for those Dads that are raising their kids. This isn’t the first time its happened before but does not seem to be as accepted as I had thought.

  2. danielle2211 27/02/2018 at 8:56 pm

    So happy for Jacinda and Clarke! She is showing the people of the world that New Zealand is amazing and progressive in a world of trump, Putin and Kim Jong un and their circuses going on. When I had my first baby I went back to work when he was 10 weeks old my partner became a stay at home dad. So when I’m looking at this it’s normal to me. Proud to be a kiwi and can’t wait to see baby when it’s born.

  3. kymmage 26/02/2018 at 10:30 am

    I too was thrilled. She is already an advocate for so many, for her to go through this process while being in a position to be able to effect positive change and changing attitudes is awesome. We need more focus on maternity care, early childhood, working mothers, etc etc. She seems to be very practical, and she has a great support system in place. There’s no reason to worry about the country, she has it in hand. She will smash this out of the park.

  4. felicity beets 11/02/2018 at 10:51 am

    I think that this is awesome news and they will be great role models not only for working mums but stay at home dads as well.

  5. Jen_Wiig 09/02/2018 at 2:02 pm

    Whwn I heard this news it just made this already incredible woman evwn more amazing to me, she is incredibly inspiring and really does stand for progressive womandom in our country. It will be interesting to see if 6 weeks ends up being enough for her though as we all know as mum’s… Best laid plans… I don’t believe she will necessarily stand down but it wouldn’t surprise me if she took an extra 4 or so weeks on top of the 6…and so she should too if she wants. I also can’t wait to see if she will breastfeed feed whilst in parliament Chambers etc would be so amazing if does and really shows the world and those who are u comfortable with such a normal wonderful thing… That it is just that Normal and wonderful not gross and sexual

  6. Mands1980 08/02/2018 at 7:59 pm

    I think it’s great news and also that Clark can be the primary caregiver when Jacinda goes back to work after the initial 6 weeks leave. It will be hard at times for her to do this too as we all know parenting has it’s difficult times.

  7. MuddledUpMolly 06/02/2018 at 8:57 pm

    I think this is fantastic news for this couple and for our country! Great to see the stay-at-dad role being promoted and highlighted. So many dads do such a fantastic job at home with their kids 🙂

  8. Kjgee 05/02/2018 at 2:06 pm

    I loved their announcement photo – such a sweet way to announce! And I’m happy for them, I think it’s wonderful that Clark will be able to be a stay at home Dad.

  9. SarahBlair 02/02/2018 at 4:17 pm

    Im stoked for them! Im sure its going to be difficult and there will be issues with it, but that is the same for every family… you just have to roll with it and do the best you can. I think that they will be fantastic parents and Jacinda will continue to be very effective in her position!

  10. Bevik1971 01/02/2018 at 4:20 pm

    Good for them – they are bringing a life into the world and I’m sure the little person will be loved and looked after. Cool to hear that Clark is going to be Stay-at-home Dad too, not enough Dad’s have the privilege of having that role (my hubby has been stay-at-home Dad to our now 5 year old since she was 6 months old 🙂

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