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Sunday, February 7, 2010

11-Year Old Gives Birth

Would you believe this? An 11-year old girl gives birth to a baby boy! Now, if this was your daughter, how would you feel about it? I'd feel bad for my little girl, that's how I'd feel. An 11 year old cannot handle raising a child. Now, when I was growing up, I had a friend named Tara, and when she was 12, she had her first child. But she was a very mature 12 years old. She too had a baby boy, she named him Michael-David. Back then I was still quite young myself, and I didn't understand a teenager having a baby would ruin them. In my eyes, having a baby was nothing more than a blessed event. I remember my grandma saying she felt sorry for Tara, but I remember only being happy for her. I always hoped that someday I would have a baby. But when that baby never came, I just gave up. One of the main reasons my marriage didn't last.

Believe it or not, this isn't the youngest girl to ever have a baby. Back in the 30s, a 6-year old girl in Peru gave birth to a baby. Now that is shocking!! I didn't even know a 6-year old could cycle, much less have a  baby!!! Imagine being able to have someone call you "grandma" when you are 25 years old! The name of the 11 year old mom has not been released, but this is shocking news. Now that I am older and know a lot more about responsibility, I do feel bad for the girl. Not only is she too young to be going through the stress of raising a child, but an 11-year old having a baby can run into some serious health problems during and after pregnancy. Among them, pre-eclampsia, stillbirth, and a condition called cholestasis, which is a blockage of bile. Later on, she could also develop fatty liver, which is a killer condition. Of course, Tara got out of her pregnancy unscathed, but she was one of the lucky ones. And she wasn't 11 years old at the time. She was 12.

Well, in other news, my pa came over today and brought some of his power tools. I got a chance to look them over and use them. Now, I need to practice using them more often. The scariest looking one is his rotary saw. It's big, heavy, powerful and loud. But I took to it right away! I felt comfortable with it. I just need to practice using it properly. Now, all I need is some wood, acrylic sides and mesh and I can start building my cages.
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