12-year-old gives birth on school excursion
A 12-year-old girl from Groningen in the north of the Netherlands gave birth to a healthy baby daughter during a primary school excursion last week. The less-than-teenage mother was unaware that she was pregnant, explained a spokesman from Groningen emergency services.
The girl was enjoying a day out with primary school classmates when she started getting painful stomach cramps. Paramedics from the ambulance that was called delivered the infant.
Total surprise It’s not known how long the girl’s pregnancy had gone on. The news was a total surprise not only for the 12-year-old mother, but for her parents and the whole neighbourhood, according to the spokesman.
Mother and daughter are still in hospital and are doing well. Government bodies including the Youth Care Agency Jeugdzorg are standing by to offer help and a guardian for the baby has been appointed.
Parents of the new mother’s classmates have been informed by letter of what has happened and teachers and others in authority have been offered support. No details of the school outing have been released.
Young and old mothers The FIOM Foundation which counsels teenage mothers says figures show that 40 girls aged 15 and younger gave birth in the Netherlands in 2009.
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