How old were your parents when they had you? Or, how old were you when you had your first child? Wasn’t the deal, finish school, get a job, marry and have babies (disputable, but for the sake of the argument)? Because the people we have below are nowhere near mature enough to be parents. And yet… Life works in mysterious ways…
Lack of communication with parents or guardians and poor sex education not only create multiple problems in life, they can lead to unplanned pregnancies and unprotected teenagers. And while these babies that came into the world are beautiful, it’s safe to say that their parents should have been provided with the right guidance and education to avoid becoming that at such an early age.
In 2014, a young British couple who had been dating for a while became parents of a healthy baby girl; the mother was 12, and the father was 13.
Lina Medina was a five-year-old Peruvian girl who reportedly became the youngest mother in history when she gave birth to a baby boy named Gerardo. She holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest mother to this date. According to the explanation, she suffered from precocious puberty and already had fully developed mature sexual organs at a very young age. The father, whose identity was never revealed was reportedly arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse but was later released due to lack of evidence.
Alleshia Gregson from the UK gave birth at just thirteen years old, and then again at fourteen years. She was frequently bullied before founding solace in her boyfriend who supported her. She dropped out of school but separated from her boyfriend after the second baby was born and went on to study social care, hoping to help and support other young mothers.
Liza Gyschchenko, a young mother from Kharkov, Ukraine was only six years old when her pregnancy was confirmed. Her baby died during child birth as a consequence of her lack of physical strength to undertake such a strenuous ordeal. The father of the child is thought to be Lisa’s 70-year-old grandfather.
Kordeza Zhelyazkova from Bulgaria gave birth to a healthy baby boy when she was 11. Despite her age, the girl was said to be overjoyed to be a mom and married her 19-year-old boyfriend. She has ever since dropped out of school and was reported to live on welfare.
Hilda Trujilo was only nine years old when she gave birth to a baby daughter. She was impregnated by her cousin who was eventually arrested and sent to jail for rape.
Another case that made headlines around the world came from the Philippines where a young ten-year-old girl gave birth to a baby boy. The father was the girl’s alcoholic father who abused her sexually and tortured her. After her mom and friends noticed her growing belly they reported the case after which the father surrendered himself to the police. The baby was eventually given up for adoption.
12-year-old James Sutton and 16-year-old Sarah Drinkwater were a British couple who had twins but eventually separated.
Next-door neighbors Sean Stewart and Emma Webster from England started having sex when they were 11 and 15 and she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. At the time they were the youngest parents in Britain.
Griseldina Acuna was only eight years old when she gave birth to a healthy boy who weighed 5.1 pounds. She was another girl reportedly affected with precocious puberty and had already-developed mature sexual organs. She was the youngest mother in Colombia and the father of the boy was a family friend.
A ten-year-old girl from Bolivia made headlines when she gave birth to a healthy baby boy by c-section. When the authorities took notice of the case it was discovered the girl had been going through a long history of sexual abuse.
In 2001, a 9-year-old girl in Thailand gave birth to a baby girl. Officials found out when the girl’s husband applied for a birth certificate. It was eventually discovered her parents forced her to marry someone who was 17 years older than her.