9-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth in Mexico

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Sameera Ehteram
News of a nine-year-old girl giving birth last month in Jalisco, Mexico is all over the web, the girl called Dafne, and her 5.7 pounds baby are both healthy. Dafne had a C-section because "her body was not ready to give birth," the director says.

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News of a nine-year-old girl giving birth last month in Jalisco, Mexico is all over the web, the girl called Dafne, and her 5.7 pounds baby are both healthy. Dafne had a C-section because "her body was not ready to give birth," the director says.

It wasn't until she was seven months pregnant that the girl realized her condition. Police are now looking for the father of the child, reportedly 17 years old. Dafne says they had a good relationship, but prosecutors aren't sure. After learning she was pregnant, the boy asked Dafne to move in with him; when she said no, he left town, says the spokesperson. "We are looking for the young man to get his story because she does not understand what has happened. This is a rape or child sex abuse case," says an official.

Though amazing as well as shocking becoming a mother at such a young age is not unheard of.

Lina Vanessa Medina, from the Peru gave birth by cesarean section in Lima at age 5 1?2. The infant was 2.64 kg (5.8 lb), 47.5 cm (18.7 in) boy, and was named Gerardo.

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Medina's parents assumed their daughter had a tumor and took her to a hospital only to find out that she was in fact pregnant! By interrogating her parents, the doctors understood that Medina had entered into precocious puberty very early.

Yelizaveta Gryshchenko, who had celebrated her 6th birthday several days earlier, gave birth with the aid of forceps and retractors in Kharkov, Ukraine, after being impregnated by her 69-year-old maternal grandfather, a former sailor.

9-Year-old Hilda Trujillo gave birth to a girl named María del Rosario, who was over 6 lb (2.7 kg), at a hospital in Lima. Her orphaned cousin had been staying in her family's one-room residence when he raped her; he was later arrested.

On January 27, 2010 a 9-year-old Chinese girl gave birth in Changchun, China. The unnamed girl, "Y", experienced a cesarean section at 8.5 months into the pregnancy.

Leyla M, from Iran had been prostituted by her mother starting from the age of 8, and clients included relatives. She had three children, the first at the age of 9 and then twins at age 14. At age 19 (and with the mental age of 8), she was condemned and faced the death penalty for the "moral offenses" of debauchery, incest, and illegitimate motherhood.

Sally Deweese of Butler County, Kentucky was reported to have delivered a girl weighing 7.75 pounds (3.52 kg). Deweese allegedly developed breasts within weeks of birth and began menstruating at 12 months.

In 2011, a 12-year-old  girl, from Groningen in the north of the Netherlands, was on a day out with her classmates where she began to feel violent stomach pains. A supervisor thought the pains suspicious and alerted the emergency services. When ambulance staff arrived they saw the girl was on the point of giving birth and rushed her to a nearby building where she had her baby.

A year before that an 11-year-old girl in the Northeast USA gave birth to a baby boy.

In 2011 a report claimed that there were 90 Girls Pregnant or already mothers at Memphis Middle/High School.  

The fact that a preteen can even get pregnant let alone give birth is mind boggling, but it is not unfortunately rare. It is however dangerous and damaging. Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan, a leading high-risk obstetrician says a pre-teen’s body is not yet built to carry a child. "Her body is clearly not defined for pregnancy with its short stature," Al-Khan said. "Her chest is not extensively developed for breast tissue, her bones aren't quite fused, and once you expose a child this young to high amounts of progesterone and especially estrogen, there is (a possibility) that it could halt her growth."

Such pregnancies are strongly linked to poverty and single parenthood. Teen and pre-teen mothers are much more likely to go on welfare and become dependents and have low standards of living than average women.

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