9-Year Old Gives Birth In Mexico
Guadalajara, Mexico (WVEE) – A 9-year-old girl who was impregnated when she was 8 has given birth to a healthy 6 pound girl.
USA Today reports, police are seeking the purported 17-year-old father, who reportedly took off two months ago, when the girl realized she was pregnant.
During a news conference, Enrique Rabago, director of the Hospital General de Occidente, said the 5-pound, 15-ounce baby girl was delivered by Caesarean section Jan. 27th .
“Due to her age, her body is not able (or) in the best shape to have a baby,” he said.
The mother, identified only as Dafne, and child were released over the weekend.
As you can imagine, the little girl is receiving counseling and her mother apparently approved a subcutaneous(located or placed just below the skin) birth-control device.
Spanish news agency EFE says the girl told her mother she had been “dating” the teen believed to be the father. The agency went on to say that th 17-year old fled after the girl’s mother rejected his idea that the girl move in with him and raise the child.
For the skeptical, United Press International offers this explanation for the hard-to-believe birth:
While giving birth at such a young age is obviously unusual, it is not impossible. The age when girls start menstruating is dropping — although the average is still about 12 — and even lower among Hispanic girls. Pregnancy can occur before a girl ever gets her first period, since the bleeding occurs at the end of the menstrual cycle after ovulation.
The girl is one of 11 children who live with their parents in a poor neighborhood 25 miles south of Guadalajara, ABC says. “Her parents work all day and were not watching after her, and therefore didn’t realize what was about to happen,” Corona said.
*News reports say the youngest mother on record is a Peruvian girl who was 5-years, 7 months old when she delivered a boy by C-section in 1939.