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Girl, 10, Gives Birth in Mexico

A 10-year-old girl in Mexico has given birth, the Daily Mail reported.
The girl, who was just 31 weeks pregnant, was checked into a hospital in Puebla on October 22 because she was suffering from seizures and other potentially fatal complications.
She had a baby boy by Caesarean section weighing 3 pounds, 5 ounces at the Women's Hospital, 60 miles outside of Mexico City.
Reports say the premature baby is currently in intensive care but in good condition, considering his weight. The young mother, who is recovering well, is allowed visits every day to breastfeed.
The birth has been reported to the state’s Attorney General’s Office and is under investigation as to whether the girl was raped, and if so, by whom.
State laws in Mexico prohibit abortions for young mothers unless there is proof that they were a victim of sexual assault. The legal age of consent in Mexico is 12 years old. Those younger than 12 who have abortions can face a fine or prison if they cannot prove the pregnancy was a result of sexual abuse.
These laws are currently under review.

'Romanian' girl aged TEN gives birth to healthy 6lb 6oz baby in Spanish hospital

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A girl in Spain has become one of the world's youngest mothers after giving birth at age ten.
She had a child weighing 6lb 6oz during a natural birth last week at a hospital in Jerez de la Frontera, in the southern region of Andalusia.
Both mother and baby have been allowed out of hospital and are in perfect health, but social services are studying the case.
Commonplace: A 10-year-old, reportedly of Romanian descent, gave birth in a Spanish hospital last week, with her mother claiming it was common for girls that young in her country
Scene: The hospital in the southern town of Jerez where the girl gave birth
Local media said the girl is a Romanian immigrant who arrived in Spain already pregnant.

The girl's mother told hospital staff she was happy about the birth, which she described as ‘something common in my country.’
Micaela Navarro, the Andalusia region's social affairs minister, said they only became aware of the case from hospital staff three days after the birth.

She said: ‘The important thing is that both mother and baby are cared for perfectly.

‘If that is the case, they can remain in the family environment, which is what we are checking at the moment.’
If not, the young mother and her child could be looked after by a grandparent or aunt or uncle, she said.
Navarro told reporters the father of the baby is also a minor, and both the mother and the baby were in good health.
Her department declined to give details, including the sex of the baby, but said authorities do not consider this a case of rape and that no criminal investigation is under way.
Under Spanish law, having consensual sex with someone under age 13 is classified as child abuse, an official with the Spanish Justice Ministry in Madrid said.
But this particular case is complicated by the fact that the father of the baby is also a minor and it is not clear if he could be charged, the official said.

The girl gave birth in Jerez Hospital on October 26 and was allowed home over the weekend.

A hospital source said: ‘The girl's mother told us the girl lived with her boyfriend in her home country.

‘There are girls who can appear older than they are, but in this case the girl is just that: a girl.’
Britain's youngest mother, Tressa Middleton, from Armadale, West Lothian, gave birth aged 12 in 2006.
Medical experts warn that because young girls are still growing, they are at higher risk during pregnancy.
Studies have shown that teenage girls are more likely to give birth to premature babies and their infants have a higher chance of dying by the age of one.
The World Health Authority says that in low and middle-income countries, almost 10 per cent of girls become mothers by age 16, and that girls aged 10-19 account for 11 per cent of all births worldwide.
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