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New Zealand leader recovers with mac-n-cheese after birth

Jacinda Ardern
The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese and plans to spend at least one more night in an Auckland public hospital with her newborn girl.

Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. Many hope the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership.

Tributes have come in from around the world, including from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and another from Google, which posted an image in the shape of a heart on its New Zealand homepage along with the message “Congratulations!”

Ardern posted an Instagram message Friday thanking “our wonderful midwife Libby” who she said was not only incredible at her job but also made the mac and cheese.

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