In very exciting political news, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she is expecting her first child with partner Clarke Gayford.
The couple revealed their happy news through a Facebook post on Friday morning.
“Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we’ll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats,” she wrote.
Ms Arden was voted in as the country’s third female prime minister in October, 2017 and has revealed she knew she was pregnant the same month she won the prime ministership but didn’t feel ready to share the news until today.
“I’ll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be “first man of fishing” and stay at home dad. I think it’s fair to say that this will be a wee one that a village will raise, but we couldn’t be more excited,” she wrote.
Arden’s partner, Clarke Gayford, is a TV and radio presenter and is said to be thrilled at the news.
To make the news even more special, Ms Arden has revealed that she and Gayford were not sure they’d be able to conceive without assistance, so this baby is a really special surprise for both of them.
“Clarke and I have always been clear we wanted to be parents but had been told we would need help for that to happen. That’s made this news a fantastic surprise,” she said in a statement.
Ms Arden has confirmed she will be taking six weeks maternity leave in June when the baby arrives. During which time the Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, will be filling in for her.
“I know there will be lots of questions, and we’ll answer all of them (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!)…” she continued in the Facebook post.
And we thought 2017 was a big year! Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three,…
The 37-year-old says she is aware of how fortunate she is to have a partner who is able to be a stay at home dad to allow her to return to her work as prime minister.
“Knowing that so many parents juggle the care of their new babies, we consider ourselves to be very lucky,” she said in a statement.
Back in August, Ms Arden was questioned about her baby plans during a radio interview. Her reply was swift and firm, stating women should not be quizzed about their family plans prior to starting a job.
“…It is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace. That is unacceptable in 2017. It is the woman’s decision about when they choose to have children,” she said. “It should not predetermine whether or not they get the job.”
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was quick to add his congratulations to the many that are pouring in over social media.
Congratulations @jacindaardern on your wonderful news today. When we spoke this morning you sounded more excited than you did when you won the election! Lots of love and best wishes from me and Lucy and all of us across the ditch.
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) January 18, 2018
We love her for her stance and we couldn’t be more excited for the New Zealand PM!