This is Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand. At the age of 37, she is the youngest female head of government in the world, and she is also the first western woman to give birth while in this position of power. She gave birth in a standard New Zealand hospital – with midwives, and she introduced her newborn daughter to the country during a press conference on the nightly news – just 2 days after the baby was born!
The name of the baby girl is Neve Te Aroha – which means “The Love” in Maori. It was Jacinda Ardern’s attempt at capturing all of the names that were submitted (upon her request) from various tribes throughout the country.
This is Jacinda Ardern and her partner walking to the press conference. His name is Clarke Gayford, and he is a TV fishing show host. He will be the one staying home with the baby Neve, as his lady will go back to running the country in just 6 weeks time. He wears a sweater he bought at a local second-hand store and he thinks that it’s only logical that he gives up his job in order to stay home and look after the baby.
Just a week after the birth on July 1st, Ardern introduced a $5billion Families Package that she had drafted long before her pregnancy – on her friend’s house floor! It’s based on the fact that the first few years of the life of a baby are the most important, and the package includes $60 a week to the families with new babies, and an extra $700 to the families for winter heating costs.
The paid leave for new parents is also increased from 18 to 22 weeks, and she introduced all of the details via Facebook live from her couch, moments after she had finished breastfeeding her newborn.
Jacinda Ardern, you are an inspiration to every woman in the world, and a living proof that we do know how to lead, and do it well!