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10-Year-Old Gives Birth

By Madeline Holler |

10 year old mother, newborns

The child of a child.

Of course it’s possible. But it’s still hard to believe. A 10-year-old girl recently became a mother.

The Associated Press is reporting that a girl in southern Spain has given birth. She and her family, who live in Jerez de la Frontera, will retain custody of the baby, according to Micaela Navarro, the Andalusia region’s social affairs minister.

The department won’t release details about the baby, except to say that the newborn and its mother are doing fine. The father, whose name is not being released, is also a minor.

The young girl is originally from Romania. Hospital staff told local reporters that the girl’s mother (the baby’s grandmother) told them that it is not so uncommon for girls her daughter’s age in Romania to give birth.

Perhaps that’s the story this grandmother is going with. Perhaps it’s even true. But it’s still not safe for such young girls to give birth, not to mention the devastating consequences on the life of a child who is not even a teenager.

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8 thoughts on “10-Year-Old Gives Birth

  1. clau2002 says:

    It is all about some gypsy girl who was sold into marriage by her family according to gypsy cultural tradition.Where are now all the NGO”s who scream “DISCRIMINATION”any time the authorities try to impose THE LAW on gypsies?Is this some cultural tresure worth preserving?One word is enough…HIPOCRITES..!!!!

  2. Manjari says:

    My mom is an SCN nurse, and she used to be a neonatal nurse. The youngest mother she saw was 8, and she was raped by her 18 year old brother. It was a horribly sad situation.

  3. Manjari says:

    Also, clau2002, it says the girl is Romanian, not Romani. And in any case, “gypsy” is considered a derogatory term.

  4. lela says:

    Linda Medina was the youngest mother ever she had she first child a age five in 1933 she was from Pure, dont believe me? there are pictures just google her

  5. adair says:

    Ok, I know in this day it is horrible to think about, and I honestly don’t know how a 10 year old can handle something that makes me want to rip my hair out (pregnant w/ my 3rd), but is it really that unsafe for her to give birth? My mind is a bit foggy with the century, but the age of Romeo and Juliet, they had children at a very young age. There were married with families by the age of 13! Granted their life spans weren’t the greatest, but that was due to diet and disease. If our bodies are designed for this, and we are capable of it, how can it really be that bad?

  6. lady says:

    hope that girl knows how to take care of a baby! What would she do with school? Get home-schooled I hope. Just think that she “did it” is just disgusting. I wonder if her family knew she was pregnant

  7. Adrienne says:

    A) Romeo and Juliet never had a child.

    B) Even if they did, Romeo and Juliet were fictional characters.

    C) Yes, it is extremely dangerous for a girl who has not reached full maturity to give birth. The toll on her still-growing body is great and can have life-long consequences.

  8. O.I. says:

    I am Romanian and I can tell you that it is NOT common in Romania to give birth at such a young age.

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