Youngest Person To Give Birth

Who is the youngest person to give birth? The answer may surprise and horrify many by modern standards. The youngest female human to give birth according to documented records was Lina Medina—a Peruvian girl aged 5 years and 8 months at the time of delivery. 

When did Lina Medina set the record for being the youngest person to give birth? Five-year old Lina gave birth to a healthy, 4 pound 4 ounce baby boy via cesarean section in 1935. The newborn was named Gerardo, reportedly after the Peruvian physician who diagnosed Lina’s surprising pregnancy. 

Who was the father of Lina Medina’s son? Certainly, a pregnant five-year old in modern times would create quite a legal fiasco. The implications of a pregnant little girl in the 1930’s raised quite a fuss as well. Although her father was initially suspected and charged with incest, the allegations could not be proven and charges were dropped. Lina was either unwilling or unable to answer questions about the events leading to her pregnancy and the child’s father remains unknown. 

How is it possible that Lina Medina became pregnant at such a young age? Peruvian physicians determined that Lina began puberty and early menstruation as early as 18 months of age. By three years of age, her periods and ovulation cycles were regular. Cases of early puberty are more common than many realize. Lina Medina was a typical five-year old according to all testing and evaluations—aside from her advanced sexual development.

Who are some of the other documented youngest mothers to give birth? A six year old Ukrainian girl, known only as Liza, gave birth to a stillborn baby in 1934. The child’s grandfather was named as the baby’s father. Mum-Zi, a member of a Nigerian chief’s harem, delivered a baby daughter at the age of 8 years and 4 months. Mum-Zi went on to also become the world’s youngest documented grandmother at the age of 17.

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