New Mom Goes Back to Work ... Running the Country

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern heads back to the office after 6-week maternity leave
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2018 9:29 AM CDT
Maternity Leave Over, NZ PM Heads Back to Work
In this Wednesday photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern poses for a family portrait with partner Clarke Gayford and their daughter, Neve, in their home in Auckland. Ardern returned to work Thursday after six weeks of maternity leave.   (Derek Henderson/Jacinda Ardern via AP)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern underwent a very public pregnancy and endured some cringeworthy questions before giving birth to daughter Neve in June and beginning a much-discussed maternity leave. Now, six weeks later, Ardern is heading back to work, reports the Guardian, which she says she's "ready and very keen" to do. "I'm privileged, I'm very, very lucky," Ardern says, calling maternity leave a "gift." "I have a partner ... who's taking up a huge part of that joint responsibility because he's a parent, too, he's not a babysitter." Baby Neve is going to start racking up the frequent-flier miles soon: Ardern will take her to New York in September to address the United Nations. "I always expected ... there would be a real tension there between making sure I was meeting all of her needs and of course my responsibilities. ... [but] we will absolutely make it work." (More Jacinda Ardern stories.)

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