The average women in the U.S. give birth for the first time is around 25 years old. The worldwide average is a less than that. But still. News of the world’s youngest reported grandmother has got to be shocking for just about any culture.
A Romanian Roma mother, Ridca Stanescu, took the “world’s youngest grandmother” title from an unnamed British woman, who, at 26 years old, became a grandmother after her 11-year-old daughter had a baby.
Stanescu earned the title at only 23 years old.
The young woman told The Sun that she’s happy to be a grandmother but had hoped her daughter wouldn’t have followed so closely in her footsteps. Stanescu was married at 11 and gave birth to her daughter Maria at 12. Maria gave birth to her first child, a son, at only 11 years old.
Stanescu is now 25 years old but is just now speaking up about her dubious achievement, which she attributes to Roma culture (also known as “gypsies”) where marrying young is acceptable.
She tells The Sun [via Fox News]:
“I did not try to stop my daughter getting married because this is the tradition, it’s what happens,” she said.
Another young Roma girl recently received international attention when, at the age of 10, she gave birth to her first child in Spain.