Ardern staying close to home as birth date nears

The official due date for Jacinda Ardern’s baby is this weekend, June 17. Anyone who has been a parent will know that given dates are just a rough stab – my experience includes three 10-14 day ‘overdue’ babies.

Ardern has wisely chosen not to fly around the country any more, and will base herself in Auckland until the birth.

Stuff: Jacinda Ardern keeps permanent base in Auckland until after the birth of first child

The prime minister has restricted her flight schedule, keeping within driving distance of her home in Auckland as the due date for the birth of her child draws near.

At what was expected to be her final post-Cabinet press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced she would be based permanently within driving distance to Auckland.

She would continue to work primarily from Auckland, and still expected to attend Fieldays in Hamilton later in the week.

All appointments must be regarded as maybes over the next week or three.

Staying ‘within driving distance to Auckland’ could still be risky, given the state of Auckland traffic, but Ardern will only be travelling away from home for a small amount of the time.

The timing of many modern births is determined by medical intervention, either planned caesarean deliveries and inducements.

Many natural births begin at night. Stuff: What time of day are most babies born?

“Where nature is taking its course, infants are more likely to be born when it’s completely dark out,” said TJ Mathews, a demographer with the National Center for Health Statistics.

Researchers think evolution may have something to do with making the middle of the night an optimal time for delivery. Say you were pregnant and part of a nomadic tribe; having your baby in the middle of the day could mean the rest of the tribe leaves you behind as they move from place to place. “You probably bled to death,” said Aaron Caughey, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Medicine.

But in the middle of the night, when you and your fellow tribe members are presumably hunkered down somewhere safe, if you had your baby and started to bleed, “there would be someone to defend you against the lion that smelled the blood,” Caughey said.

Night timing may also be advantageous for Ardern – there may not be as many journalists sniffing her every move outside her home. When media smells blood they are likely to go into a story feeding frenzy.

18 Comments

  1. What a dreadfully untidy way to leave the Beehive.

    She has spent the past few days trying to allay fears stirred up by National about how reliable Winston Peters will be in charge of the Government in her place.

    But no sooner does she leave the capital than news breaks that Peters is suing the Government.

    The untidiness in handing over to Peters stretches to the Three Strikes debacle as well.

  2. alloytoo

     /  June 12, 2018

    I don’t particularly care about her baby at all. Nobody I know does.

    However the real question is will her absence make a stitch of difference to the Omni-shambles that is her government?

    • lurcher1948

       /  June 12, 2018

      People on nearby rightwing blogs hope the baby dies and or both die in childbirth,THEY HOPE they die.The right are nasty they have 2 MAORIS running their scam, the NATIONAL PARTY but Jacinda a white New Zealander BEAUTIFUL is wished with death, and right are as racist as but the right posters on nearby rightwing blogs are,homophobic,nazi loving muslim hating tossers, AND THEY MOCK HER TEETH, hell is that the best the keyboard warriors can abuse her with

      • alloytoo

         /  June 12, 2018

        I most certainly don’t hope for any sort of medical mishap for Ms Ardern nor her as yet unborn child, on the contrary I fear for it’s wellbeing.

        I haven’t seen any public announcement by that SCAM run by 2 Maoris, NZFIRST (why would they?) advocating adverse outcomes, nor from the National Party (That would be very surprising?).

        I would hardly consider her “Beautiful”, She really is getting too old for the gushy little girl attitude she puts on and she’s far too transparent (most people see right through her). Perhaps motherhood will mature her.

        Not sure why homophobic individuals would target her, I’m led to believe she’s straight (and popping a sprog no less), but perhaps some of her more religious constituency may disapprove of her (living in sin) lifestyle, again I couldn’t care less.

        I wouldn’t say that the Nazi’s loved Muslims, though as I recall they did enter into some sort of pact with them in WW2, but then the Ottoman empire did side with Germany in WWI too, so it may not be a Nazi specific thing.

        Is Ardern Jewish?

        Why the Nazi’s would have an issue with her at all, given her socialist leanings? She would no doubt love to adopt many of their policies, her Minister for Propaganda has clearly studied Goebbels, though she remains very much the student.

        In a final note, you do realise that your the one who invoked GODWIN’S LAW, I am merely playing the lay of the land.

        • lurcher1948

           /  June 12, 2018

          WTF kiwiblog speak,hard to understand the hard right,they are as thick as two bricks,and you struggle to understand alloytoos post it’s a rightwing attitude???

        • lurcher1948

           /  June 12, 2018

          WTF alloytoo, good luck mate

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 12, 2018

          Alloytoo, I think that she is a bit old for the messy-haired, scruffy teenybopper image. It makes her look a bit silly and undignified. Well, more than a bit. She can look really good when she puts her hair up and wears the right clothes in the right colours, not something that one would normally wear to do the housework or gardening in as she has done lately.

      • Corky

         /  June 12, 2018

        Give me some links, Lurchy. If these posts are true the police may become involved. I don’t wish her baby ill, any baby for that matter. No, my only wish for Jacinda’s baby is that the babies nanny is a secret Rightie who will teach this tyke the RIGHTWAY. None of that ‘comrade nonsense,’ but good market strategies and money making acquisitions.

        • Ray

           /  June 12, 2018

          Lurcher’s accusations drive me to check some right wing blogs and as yet I have yet to see the wankery claimed.
          So got any links

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 12, 2018

            I don’t think that the police could do anything about ill-wishing, but it’s very bad kharma. This sort of attitude tends to come back to bite the person on the bum – hard.

            Even if I was thinking such a spiteful thing, I wouldn’t say it because I wouldn’t want people to know that I was such a bitch,

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 12, 2018

              Sorry; the dog tells me that bitches are not like that.

  3. Ray

     /  June 12, 2018

    Drove, drove and that’s half an hour I will never get back

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 12, 2018

      See my General Chat and that was a bllody sight more than half an hour that I could have spent better. Is there anything worse than being bombarded by an opinionated ignoramus ?

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 12, 2018

    Pete, someone I knew was well and truly caught short and her husband had to be midwife on the kitchen floor; it was a real case of ‘coming, ready or not.’

    • I think most make it to hospital, or the midwife gets there on time, but there are often stories of being caught short.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 12, 2018

        There was no way that the people could have made it anywhere, They were lucky that junior decided to make an appearance when the husband was at home.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 12, 2018

        PDT/s, you are sad and dreary and don’t have enough to think about.