The Latest: New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern gives birth

FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. Ardern arrived Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the country's largest public hospital as she prepared to give birth to her first child. Her pregnancy has been followed around the world, with many hoping the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The Latest on New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern giving birth (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a baby girl at Auckland City Hospital.

Ardern posted a photo on her Instagram account showing her and partner Clarke Gayford with the baby at the hospital.

She wrote that she was feeling very lucky to have a given birth to a healthy girl, and that their daughter arrived at 4:45 p.m. weighing 3.3 kilograms (7.3 pounds).

Ardern thanked everyone for their kindness and said they were all doing really well. She also thanked the team at the hospital.

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7:45 a.m.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has arrived at Auckland Hospital as she prepares to give birth to her first child.

The 37-year-old would become just the second elected world leader in modern times to give birth while in office, after the late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto gave birth to daughter Bakhtawar in 1990.

Ardern's due date was June 17. The birth has been highly anticipated in the South Pacific nation of nearly 5 million people. She has not said whether she's expecting a boy or a girl.

Ardern's office confirmed just after 6 a.m. she'd arrived at the hospital with partner Clarke Gayford.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has now taken over as acting prime minister. Ardern plans to take a six-week leave before returning to work.

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