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10-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth to Daughter

Posted by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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Apr 6, 2012 1:30pm

10-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth to Daughter

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A 10-year-old Colombian girl gave birth to a healthy baby girl, making her one of the youngest mothers ever.

The unnamed girl from Manaure, a town in the Colombian Department of La Guajira, arrived at the hospital in tears and "enormous pain" from the contractions, according to Univision's Primer Impacto. She reportedly delivered her daughter, who weighed 5 pounds, by cesarean section.

Experts say a C-section delivery for such a young mother is not unusual.

"The baby's head needs to come through a bony outlet. But in a young girl, the pelvis may not be ready or big enough to deliver a baby," said Dr. Kimberly Gecsi, an OB/GYN at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

Extremely young mothers also have a higher risk of pregnancy-induced high blood pressure known as preeclampsia, and their babies are at risk for fetal growth restriction, according to Dr. Frederick Gonzalez, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center.

"These girls are not ready to be pregnant. Their bodies are not mature," said Gonzalez. "They may be able to get pregnant, but being able to have a baby is a whole other situation."

The new mom is a member of the Wayuu people, an indigenous tribe in northern Colombia. The age of the father is unknown, but police can't press charges because the tribe has its own jurisdiction, according to local reports.

"We've already seen several cases [of pregnancy] in girls of the Wayuu ethnicity," Efraín Pacheco Casadiego, director of the hospital where the girl gave birth, told RCN La Radio noticias. "When in fact [the girls] should be playing with dolls, they are having to care for a baby. This is shocking."

Pregnancy can occur as soon as a girl starts ovulating, which is happening at ever younger ages.

"The average age girls in the country start menstruating is about 12 and a half, but that age keeps dropping," said Gecsi, adding that the age is even lower among Hispanic girls. "But only about 13 percent of Hispanic girls menstruate younger than 11. And for them to have a sexual experience would be very unusual."

Because ovulation precedes menstruation, girls can get pregnant before ever having a period.

"Typically, menstruation is the last thing that happens in puberty," said Gesci, adding that girls typically go through a growth spurt and develop breasts and pubic hair before menstruating. "If you notice those things, you could be about to menstruate and you could get pregnant."

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by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM
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 wow..that's disturbing.

by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Quoting jess225:

 wow..that's disturbing.

by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Very disturbing
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by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM
OMG 5 years old this is scary stuff
by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 4:22 PM
The youngest was a five year old girl I think named Lina. They arrested her father but didn't have evidence to hold him and the girl couldn't speak well. The family cared for her son and raised them as siblings at when the boy was ten they told him his fifteen year old sister was actually his mom. The doctor that delivered her helped her throughout life, she worked as his secretary and eventually married and had another child. Her first son died in his forties from some disease but Lina still lives today...the photos of her are so disturbing, a little girl with pig tails that has an A' cup breast and a full pregnant belly. It's just unimaginable that this happened to her...these bastards should never be released, there is no changing or rehabilitating someone so sick and disturbed.
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by Carissa on Apr. 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM
Quoting jess225:

 wow..that's disturbing.

Yes it is
by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Wow. So happy to have boys
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by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 11:40 PM
wow so sad
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