August 15, 2022

10 Year Old Gives Birth

Are you shocked? I know I was when I first read this headline. My first thought was, “it’s too early for my brain to process this kind of information – I need coffee.” Followed by my second thought which was, “she isn’t the youngest?!” This called for a shot of Baileys in my morning brew.

The 10 year old Columbian girl who gave birth is from Manaure, a town in the Colombian Department of La Guajira, and a member of the Wayuu people, an indigenous tribe in northern Colombia. She arrived at the hospital, in tears, from the pain of her contractions. Moments later, she delivered a 5 pound, healthy baby girl via C-Section.

The age of the father is unknown.

You may be asking how something like this is even possible. Babycenter.com elaborates and proclaims it is, in fact, possible based on precocious puberty.

The World’s Youngest Mother
If you’re still in shock, let me be the first to tell you that this is NOT the youngest case reported. Wikipedia states that the world’s youngest mother was said to be 5 years, seven months and 17 days of age.  This young mother’s name is Lina Medina (pictured on right).

In 1939, Lina welcomed a 6 pound baby boy via c-section whom she named Gerardo, after her doctor. He was raised believing that Lina was his sister, but at the age of 10 found out that she was his mother.

Lina went on to get married and welcomed another baby at the age of 40.

As of 2002, Lina is said to still be living in Peru, with her husband.

The father of Lina’s first born was never identified and it is still unclear as to whether Lina even knows his identity at all.

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