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9-Year-Old Gives Birth

By cole gamble |

In China, an unnamed 9-year-old schoolgirl gave birth by C-section to a 6lb. baby boy. The father has not been identified but authorities are very interested in finding his as sex with those under the age of 14 in the girl’s province comes with an automatic rape conviction.

The girl’s situation seems common in China. A hospital in China’s largest city, Shanghai, recently said that about 30 per cent of abortions were on school-aged girls.

While amongst the youngest mothers in history, the girl isn’t the youngest. That distinction belongs to a Peruvian girl, Lina Medina, who became pregnant at 5 and gave birth at 6 back in 1939. In that case, the girl’s son was healthy baby boy who grew into adulthood but eventually succumbed to bone marrow disease. Lina is still alive, married and living in Peru.

While details of the Chinese girl are less known as of yet, it’s possible she, like Lina, went through precocious puberty (a term I only just now learned) which cause early sexual maturation in girls. However, many argue environmental factors (hormones in meat, etc.) are creating early puberties in the world’s girls. Both my wife and sister had their first cycles before the age of 10.

Have you noticed puberty ages dropping?

Sources: Huffington Post, Wikipedia

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0 thoughts on “9-Year-Old Gives Birth

  1. PlumbLucky says:

    I can’t say one way or another on puberty age dropping or not, BUT I can say that I’m horrified – a child giving birth to a child is just wrong. And when I once read that same stat, 30%, school-aged girls, I assumed high school. Perhaps I was wrong. WTF is wrong with the world?

  2. Carrie M. says:

    This is a rape case any way you slice it.

  3. Nicole says:

    Mighty disturbing story. Even more disturbing than the number of typos in the post.

  4. cole gamble says:

    My apologies for typos. Wrote this at midnight after getting the kids to bed and finally getting to watch DVR’d Super Bowl.

  5. cole gamble says:

    Thanks for the call on those typos. I must have been drunk on Saints fever. All is better now.

  6. mooooma says:

    So the guy posts a horrifying story of a nine year old giving birth…and all you can notice is the typos.Wow!

  7. Nicole says:

    No, if you read my post, I noticed both that it was horrifying AND that it was typo-ridden. (And I appreciate your welcoming attitude toward the observation Cole. For some reason, they are still there when I view the post. Cache issues?)

  8. pk says:

    These stories about babies having babies just baffles my brain. I’m a mom and this just sickens me. Well – guess I need to keep praying.

  9. Kate says:

    I’m not a mom, but the idea of children that young having babies sickens me. Actually, the main thing I want to do is find the men who put these girls in the situation to begin with and make sure they never do anything like this again. And then track down all the rest who aren’t being caught because the child hasn’t hit puberty yet.

    My mother’s a paramedic, and she once delivered a baby from a twelve-year-old girl – still horrible.

  10. Pleen says:

    Maybe all these little girls are being raped because there are significantly more men than women there? I am not in any way justifying this, not at all, but there are no women for these men!

  11. Staceyjw says:

    9 is young, I’m surprised she had the baby, its not like its illegal or socially unacceptable to have an abortion in China (as well it shouldn’t be).
    Girls as young as 6 being forced to marry old men actually happens often enough, but rarely is anything major done about it. In some Islamic countries, 9 is old enough to marry if a parent says they are “mature enough”, even to a 60yr old man. You can actually marry a 6yr old, you just aren’t suppose to connsumate until they are 9 or 10. And before anyone calls me a hate monger, recall that Mohammad married 7yr old A’isha, who went on to be one of the first Islamic scholars and Mohammads favorite wife.
    Child brides/forced marriages are a cultural/religious thing for, but in the modern world this type of thing needs to be made extinct.

  12. Alex says:

    Wow, the 9 year old having a baby is quite surprising, but I can’t even imagine a girl at 6 giving birth. Imagine a 6-year-old’s body, so small! Where does the baby fit?! How can the young girl move about while pregnant? Wow!

  13. Chelle says:

    My daughter was born @ 24 weeks and started developing breast buds while she was in the NICU. Unfortunately, her pediatrician was unaware of the signs and mistakenly attributed them to the steroids. At the age of 2 she was officially diagnosed with precocious puberty. We were told if she was not treated she would begin menstruating by the age of 5. I believe environmental factors and the food supply are causing a lot of girls to enter puberty early. However, as with my daughter, many may have a medical condition that can be treated. If only doctors and parents were aware of the signs.

  14. sam says:

    I feel you’re looking at things out of context! first off, if you want to examine people get your mind out of this social frame and insert it into that era’s. During that time it was normal for there to be an age gap, so the marriage was not an usual thing. [It's mighty unfair to impose one's prejudices upon another culture.]
    Also, Mohammad was not with her while she was a child. She had already matured and was an adult. [At that time, people became adults sooner.]
    BTW, she was NOT 7 AND he was NOT 60…wow you sure got a lot of things wrong!
    Another thing, Islam does not allow forced marriages.
    Hope this helps to clear some things up!

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