New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leaves hospital with her baby daughter, Niamh Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern carries her newborn baby Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford as she walks out of the Auckland Hospital in New Zealand, June 24, 2018.
Safely home after leaving the hospital, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern commented on the well-wishers she has been receiving from the Royal Family. When we met her, we thought she looked like she suited the name.
The couple had settled on the baby's first name, Neve, after she was born, Ardern said, explaining that it means "bright and radiant" and "snow", which reflected that she was born in the middle of winter during the nation's indigenous Maori new year and the shortest day of the year.
On Friday Ms Ardern became the New Zealand's first female leader to give birth while in power.
"Te Aroha was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown before she arrived and all of the names we were gifted along the way [by various iwi - or tribes]", Ms Ardern said.
The couple welcomed Neve, their first child, on Thursday, announcing the news on Instagram.
"We chose Neve because we just liked it".
Ardern is only the second world leader to give birth while in office, after former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto, and said she hoped such experiences would not be unusual in the future.
"It's been great", she told reporters at her last major public event before giving birth.
"As equally special to us were just those people who took time to send a little note, or a blanket or a set of booties", Ms Ardern said.
"Over the next six weeks we'll do what every other parent does and learn the little nuisances ... and just figure things out as we go".
The first family spent three nights at Auckland City Hospital adjusting to parenthood since the baby was born at 4.45pm on Thursday.
"It was all a bit of a blur for the both of us but she had obviously been through so much and finally the moment arrived and she looked absolutely stunned and very happy", he said. "We're all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital".
"Sleep deprived, but super well", she said.
"We'll see you all soon, and thank you again to the staff".
Ardern has had little sleep over the past few days, with the baby also described as being "very alert and one hungry baby".
Her partner, a 40-year-old television fishing personality, will be a stay-at-home dad while the prime minister will return to work after six weeks´ maternity leave.