10-year-old girl gives birth

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Pictured here, two girls who are part of the Wayuu tribe where a 10-year-old gave birth. Screen shot via UN TV.

In Colombia, a 10-year-old girl has given birth to a healthy five pound baby girl, which makes her one of the youngest mothers in history.

According to Univision’s Primer Impacto, the girl (who has not been named) arrived at the hospital in tears and suffering “enormous pain” caused by the contractions. She reportedly delivered her daughter by cesarean section. A C-section delivery for a very young mother is not unusual according to experts.

Dr. Kimberly Gecsi, an OB/GYN at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said, “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 .”

According to Dr. Frederick Gonzalez, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center, extremely young mothers also have a higher risk of preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure). Their babies are also at risk for fetal growth restriction.


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

The new mom is from Manaure, a town in the Colombian Department of La Guajira. She is a member of the Wayuu people, a tribe in northern Colombia. Local reports say the father’s age is not known, but police are unable to press charges because the tribe has its own jurisdiction.

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

Girls are starting to ovulate at younger and younger ages, and pregnancy can occur as soon as ovulation begins, even before menstruation begins.

Gecsi said, “The average age girls in the country start menstruating is about 12 and a half, but that age keeps dropping…Typically, menstruation is the last thing that happens in puberty.”

Source: abcnews.go.com/blogs/health

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  • Please correct spelling mistake in first sentence… well, second word actually. Columbia is a city in the United States, Colombia is the name of a country in South America. So which is it? Later on in the article it becomes clear, but this is still a horrible mistake.

    • Thanks for pointing that out. Apparently the author was groggy from eating too much Easter ham.

    • Maybe you could try getting a life.

  • Samuel Rosario

    This World Is Ready To End It Is Time When Babys Are Having Babys It Is Time We Have Lost Control Of This World May God Or Anyone Els “HELP US”

    • crill trash

      Do you realize how idiotic you sound? Do you honestly believe that a very young mother is the sign of the “End Times”? Judging by the syntax of your post, I’m certain that you did not even have the capacity to read the article.

      Also, there is no invisible man in the sky that will help us. We can only help ourselves.

      • nawkturn

        lol all these hispanics like rosario make me laugh.. i am an educated east indian by the way AND not racist…

      • GM

        No invisible man in the sky, we all surely doomed then.  Is Zeus not real either? Because that’s who protect me. 

    • You would be much better off asking God to help you with your punctuation and grammer skills.  Your sentence structure is horrendous.

      • nawkturn

        how about you try spelling grammar correctly and say what you say? lol

  • Was the baby’s father whipped?

    • hamster54

      Most likely the father is her husband.  According to Wikipedia it is customary for the Wayuu people to marry off their daughters at ages 10-12.

    • No they are trying to book him on Dr.Phll

  • The person(s) who wrote and proofread this article should be fired. This is atrocious writing. 

  • Dirk van Toor

    May I remind you that in 2002, there were 7315 registered pregnancies between 10 and 14 years of age in the good ole’ US of A.

  • Dirk van Toor

    Let’s first clean up our own mess before we start pointing fingers, now shall we?

  • erichs

    At least both are alive.  Albeit in American society and as Americans or British or Canadians we more that frown at the behavior of the man who would perpetrate what is a crime on this young girl.  It is called pedophilia and serious.  But these types of men have perpetrated crimes on younger girls in the U.S. too and if they get caught they get gone.

    However in other countries, especially in tribal areas this may not be looked as all that serious or not thought of in such ways either by tribal custom or lack of not knowing any better.  I don’t know how that is handled in Colombia.  I would say pretty harshly in general society becasue it is not what Catholics would attest too but in remote uneducated regions I am not sure what the rule is not unless prohibited by trial custom.

    Good grief last week a father was arrested in Texas for fathering a child from is own daughter.  But when I lived in the western part of Virginia.  A man was arrested for incest with his daughter claiming it was traditional.  And you know it was traditional over a hundred years ago when settlers settled in hollers in that part of America cut off by mountains.  There was no one around for miles and whole families were in isolation and the only way for the family to survive was by incest.  That is fact but times have changed, laws written and no longer a tradition.  In fact quite the opposite but this is a remote part of the U.S. so you can imagine what the remote part of another country might be like.

    Very sad for both” babies” and you see I didn’t even think a child of 10 could physically have a child.

    I just hope both mother and child survive the rigors of life and have a nice life together and the father doesn’t abandon them or the state of Colombia provides them the aid they need.

    • curly4

      erichs  I know that that it is frown on here in the US to  have sex with a girl that young but I have to ask how many men have been charged with pedophilia which impregnated   those 7315 10-to-14 year old who delivered in the US in the year 2002? Very few! 


    • JohnnySmith0

      Well he could be a young boy, who knows.

      • GM

        Yeah, cut them all off.


    • Frankgpiel

      The woman was the whore who decided to open up her legs and fuck everything that walks. She should be thrown in prison for life. This is typical for most women nowadays: complete whores.

      • Yeh because 10 year old little girls are raging whores.  She seduced the old man to get her knocked up, right?  SMDH IDIOT

      • Dirk van Toor

        You are despicable and ought to be IP-banned from any board.

      • A ten year old is not a whore, nor a woman. You sir, are judgmental and should be ashamed of yourself.  

    • Dirk van Toor

      Yeah right, Chum!
      Do the same to the US Americans who knocked up the 7315 10-to-14 year old ones here in the good Ole’ USA in 2002.
      You might be confronted with your own buddies,

  • precious edos

    hit ur google a 10year old girl that was raped by a 75 years old man in nigeria, has giving birth weeks ago. she is not d first plsss 

  • Brian Simons

    bet it was a mexican

    • Dirk van Toor

      stfu! You are NOT helping the discussion.
      Inserting racial prejudice into this is not helpful in dealing with this issue.

    • Dirk van Toor

      Yeah Like the FLA Mother who sold her 6 (SIX!!!!!) year old for a sex-for-drugs deal!
      F’ing Hell! You F’ing stupid Yanks piss me off!

      •  Dirk, if you don’t like America, that’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it. But you really need to take your meds because you’re way too angry.

  • WTF

    If they have their own jurisdiction then they shouldn’t look to go get a cesarean outside of that. That would help them manage their young pregnancies.

  • I’m reminded of when a 9 year old girl in Brazil was raped by her stepfather.   Having the babies would have killed her.  Her Mom got her an abortion to save her life.

    the catholic church Excommunicated the Mom.  It did nothing to the rapist father.

    Which I see as the best thing for the mom –   What else would you expect from a church run by men only.

    BTW the same church which is behind the attempt to outlaw birth control pills.

    the same church which in a hearing at congress a couple weeks ago sent there were 2 priests and  3 men on the panel .

    Whats next – women not allowed to drive or go out of the house without a male escort – Like In Saudi.

    All coourtesy of a pope living in the dark ages of human history and the 1930s


    Who also is directly involved in the great “cover up”   – 


    • JohnnySmith0

      Freaking religious loonies.

  • Frankgpiel

    Wow, what a fucking whore. 10 years old, you have got to be kidding me?! I blame the culture the media markets to kids these days; it’s glamorizing being a goddamn whore. Fucking slut.

    • JohnnySmith0

      You call a 10 year old a “whore”, congratulations, you are truly the lowest of the low. Plus it’s clear that you didn’t even read the article you illiterate buffoon.

  •  Yeh because Frank you know if she was raped or the circumstances that led up to that little girl having a child.  Most 10 year olds I know (my kids’ age) don’t have a clue what sex is.  I’ll bet the little girl was molested.

    • Really what planet did you grow up on. Kids know what sex is as early as 6 unless they live a closeted sheltered life. 

  • Dirk van Toor

    Bet that the girl in question knew better about the real impact of sex than any US American girls did and was better prepared for it as well.
    That said, I do not condone this at all, but then again, I do not live in that culture.
    I know very well that other cultures have different rules and really boiling it down to basics, the American culture has 12 year-old as a baseline anyway.
    I know, From 16-to-18 is legal age, but with all the existing exclusions and exceptions, 12 is the real rule and has been ever since 1880. (Delaware the exception at 7 years of age.).
    The 1920 adjustment was all nice and dandy, but really has not made ANY real change in formal law.
    Look it up you Yanks!
    Then spew your self-righteous bile!

    • Dirk van Toor

      Frigging Delaware at 7 SEVEN!!!!!!! frigging years!

    • Agreed 17-18 is the socially acceptable norm and is law. But in our long history kids were getting married as early as 8-12 to boys and even grown men and were having kids this was considered normal.  Laws passed in the late 1880’s are what pushed the 16-18 age limit. Before that the legal age of consent was between 10-12 with one state at the age of 7.  This girl in the article is in a tribe where that is socially acceptable. So don’t act horribly shocked that this is happening. 

  • Dirk van Toor

    @FrankSpiegle:twitter : Please relieve us of your sordid private fantasies. That was truly unclalled for and utterly vile.

  • Dirk van Toor

    Crud! I’m not one to say it is okay to have 10 year-old knocked up, but for the love of the Higher being Of Choice, That is their local culture.
    Haven’t we f’ing done enough by unlawfully killing well over an unknown number of Iraqis and Yahweh/Allah/God knows how many Afghanis Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laothians, Hondurans and others in AMERICAN wars of imperialism?

    Oh and not to rub salt into the wounds, but America (as in the Gawd-almighty USA) is the single most WORST in teenage pregancies in the current industrial world and that includes Russia and China.
    Chew on that f’ing stupid Yanks!

    • jabberwolf

      This is true in the wester world but this is also because the USA has very accurate documentation. Russia and China ( who has in the passed limited child birth and enforced it with genocide) – not so much.
      So when you compare data, you have to take into account where that data comes from and how accurate it is.

      So ” chewing on that” Dirk.
      How about you considering going back to school?

    • Highest recorded teen pregnancies. Dont forget about 3rd world countries that do not have accurate record keeping.

  • Dirk van Toor

    Sorry that I let myself go this way, but I am truly glad that I am NOT an American and by my Heavenly defined choice will NEVER be!

  • Dirk van Toor

    Oh and lest I forget, the USA is number 36 (and falling) in health-care  and on par with Lithuania (a former Soviet-block member, no less.).
    Heh! How is that health-care reform working out for you? Suckers!!!!
    You still pay TWICE for less than half of what the rest of the  civilised (Yes: CIVILISED)  world pays for health-care.
    You truly are suckers!!!

    • jabberwolf

      You can “bet” all you like bur usually the less educated know LESS .
      Thats usually known by studies you can look up, but if you want to be ignorant and “bet” go on.
      And no 12 is NOT, nor has ever been the baseline and not 7 in delware for the states.
      (I dont know why people like you make up, lie, or seem THAT ignorant to try an post things like that. Is it because it makes you feel important?!)
      Why, because it was around the turn of 19th century where that age was raised to around ears and then raised it to 13-16 years old in the late 19th century.

      We have looked it up, how about you sometime ?!

      Go on try it, I  being more educated will make you feel much better than re-posting sensational nonesense.

      “36th and falling” based on: treatement, average life expectancy, child mortality rate?
      I always see those statistics and most are based on the ability to measure data – of which most countries do not.

      Dirk, please stop trying to show your ignorance – we know how ignorant you are.
      Please stop trying to prove it !

  • Brian Simons

    bet it was a mexican.

  • Brian Simons

    or another Hispanic race.  

  • Brian Simons

    i did not even read this so it’s just based of a stereotypes. what was the correct answer?

  • Peter Fomin

    It is so sad that people instead to see real problem – they are focused on grammar… education what you have “smart grammars” is not give you good and compassion souls..  you just like a hard rocks…  have mercy and love … just say something what help and prevent others to be in this  situation.. rather to throw stones…   She is just a a young girl.. who knows how it this happen..

  • Peter Fomin

    Julio Roberdo.. smarty one south american … how long you are  so smart in english?

  • Peter Fomin

    Just  look at real problem rather to show your smartiness .. this girl is a victom of situation .. just have some compassion and mercy .. you are idiot from South America who hates  and make fun of people which he came from… jurk

  • Peter Fomin

    I will make grammar mistakes  and mistype for purpose… make sure these stupid Julios see real.. REAL PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD….



  • buddie77

    Were talking about Columbia so. America Julio, however I couldent imagine a 10 yr. old being a mother,just think a mother and daughter could share a boyfriend, its to bad this happened, the grandmother would have to take care of the child. Well theres not much one could comment about,its done so they will have to deal with it, I suppose. 

  • Dirk van Toor

    @jabberwolf:disqus :
    Here you go. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_consent

  • Dirk van Toor

    No, you are talking about Colombia. Not Columbia.

  • Dirk van Toor

    History and social attitudesHistorians have considerable difficulties to overcome the cultural views of their own time regarding both the age of consent and the age of marriage.[3]
    Traditionally, across the globe, the age of consent for a sexual union was a matter for the family to decide, or a tribal custom. In most cases, this coincided with signs of puberty, menstruation for a woman and pubic hair for a man.[4]
    In Ancient Rome, it was very common for girls to marry and have children shortly after the onset of puberty.
    The first recorded age-of-consent law dates back 800 years: In 1275, in England, as part of the rape law, a statute, Westminster 1, made it a misdemeanor to “ravish” a “maiden within age,” whether with or without her consent. The phrase “within age” was interpreted by jurist Sir Edward Coke as meaning the age of marriage, which at the time was 12 years of age.[5]
    In the 12th century Gratian, the influential founder of Canon law in medieval Europe, accepted age of puberty for marriage to be between 12 and 14 but acknowledged consent to be meaningful if the children were older than 7. There were authorities that said that consent could take place earlier. Marriage would then be valid as long as neither of the two parties annulled the marital agreement before reaching puberty, or if they had already consummated the marriage. It should be noted that Judges honored marriages based on mutual consent at ages younger than 7, in spite of what Gratian had said; there are recorded marriages of 2 and 3 year olds.[4]
    The American colonies followed the English tradition, and the law was more of a guide. For example, Mary Hathaway (Virginia, 1689) was only 9 when she was married to William Williams. Sir Edward Coke (England, 17th century) “made it clear that the marriage of girls under 12 was normal, and the age at which a girl who was a wife was eligible for a dower from her husband’s estate was 9 even though her husband be only four years old.”[4]
    Reliable data for when people would actually marry is very difficult to find. In England for example, the only reliable data on age at marriage in the early modern period comes from records which involved only those who left property after their death. Not only were the records relatively rare, but not all bothered to record the participants’ ages, and it seemed that the more complete the records are, the more likely they are to reveal young marriages. Additionally, 20th and 21st centuries’ historians have sometimes shown reluctance to accept data regarding young ages of marriage, and would instead explain the data away as a misreading by a later copier of the records.[4]
    A small number of Italian and German states introduced an age of consent in the 16th century, setting it at 12 years. Towards the end of the 18th century, other European countries also began to enact age of consent laws. The first French Constitution established an age of consent of 11 years in 1791, which was raised to 13 in 1863. Portugal, Spain, Denmark and the Swiss cantons, initially set the age of consent at 10–12 years and then raised it to between 13 and 16 years in the second half of the 19th century.[5] Historically, the English common law set the age of consent to range from 10 to 12.[6]
    In the United States, by the 1880s, most states set the age of consent at 10–12, and in one state, Delaware, the age of consent was only 7. A New York Times article states that it was still aged 7 in Delaware in 1895.[7] Female reformers and advocates of social purity initiated a campaign in 1885 to petition legislators to raise the legal age of consent to at least 16, with the ultimate goal to raise the age to 18. The campaign was successful, with almost all states raised the age of consent to 16–18 by 1920.[8][9]
    Social (and the resulting legal) attitudes toward the appropriate age of consent have drifted upwards in modern times. For example, while ages from 10 to 13 were typically acceptable in Western countries during the mid-19th century,[1] the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century were marked by changing attitudes towards sexuality and childhood resulting in raising the ages of consent to ages generally ranging from 16 to 18.[5]
    [edit] Law

  • Why didn’t this article mention anything about who the father could be or how common this is in Colombian society? That’s irresponsible of whoever wrote it. There is a man or boy here who impregnated a 10-year-old girl. Hello! We should be hearing about more than the details of her C-section. This is why pseudo journalism like this website is an abomination.

  • flafreethinker

    Sad to read this story. This keeps adding to the 7 billion plus this poor old planet can’t sustain. Until massive birth control measures are strictly enforced in all countries, the baby making will continue. Enough. Time to add the B.C in food and water supplies. It is the only way to control an out of control problem.

  • Dirk van Toor

    Not that I do not think that this a bad thing to happen to the poor girl, but let’s add a little bit perspective before we all go off the deep end over this.
    In 2002 alone, there were 7315 registered pregnancies in the 10-14 age range here in the US.

  • I doubt that.  Overpopulation is why we now have aids. And many more diseases that have cures but get shut down before they can hit the market.  Thats why the USA created the FDA to legally kill millions and millions of Americans through horrible drugs that get passed as safe when they are lethal.  And deny drugs that actually cure the disease. As for the rest of the world. That is why we have wars. In time there will be a great war or disease that will take out most of the population.

  • JC30

    The only reason we’re hearing about this is because the girl was taken to the hospital, which I imagine is rare in tribal regions. I wonder how many of these young girls give birth each year without anyone ever hearing about it?

  • vanboerum2

    The Wayuu people who do not refer to themselves as “Indians” have customs that “could” be hundreds of years old or e more recent develoment. According to everything I could read, the girls receive “first education” with the onset of menstruation, the learn cooking and weaving and are secluded for menstruation, they are also instructed “how to be” with their husbands, after first menstruation they typically marry and are married/have children around 14 years of age (numerous web sources)
    My question: How exact can the hospictal determine the age of the girl? Actually she looks rather big to me on the stretcher for a 10 year old, , I guess the only way to determine her age is by asking her (would she know exactly?) or asking her how many years she had menstruated?
    She could be arouond 14 which would be typical marriage/childbearing age for her tribe.
    Apparently the Wayuu people start sexual relations/marriage after first menstruation, just like many cultures including the North American Natives did in the 17th century.
    Personally I find sex with children disgusting for any reason even “old cultural customs” but I think we should concentrate on preventing this in our own country.

  • It is repulsive to think how this child got pregnant.

  • Oasis77

    I don’t have time to read all these posts so forgive me if I am repeating something. Anthropologically having sex that young makes sense if you live in a culture where your lifespan is at risk from the moment you are born (jungles where every plant, animal, and human seems to want to kill you). Acts that became necessary (having babies quickly) then became tradition even after it stopped being a matter of survival. I have seen studies on primitive peoples and early sex and pregnancy was common as was the acceptance by all involved, including the girl who will already understand sex (a grass hut is not known for it’s privacy).  In fact, If I remember correctly, a girl was given away in marriage at age nine (infant mortality rates were high but then mortality rate of all kinds were high for these people). The thing is, the father was not necessarily much older (he just had to be able to hunt and provide). So, when we judge this specific issue we have to keep in mind that these people may have been keeping this tradition for 100’s maybe 1000’s of years. It may not seem to be right at this time, but it is a factor in what got their people this far in the first place. Otherwise they may very well have gone extinct.