Britain is set to have its youngest-ever mother amid reports an 11-year-old girl is expected to give birth in the new future.
Reporting restrictions mean more details cannot be divulged, but police say the father of the soon-to-be-born baby is only a few years older than the mother.
But if it is the latter, this story serves as a reminder of the importance of inclusive sex and relationships education from an early age. With the broad scope of the internet meaning children of primary school age can access content of a sexual nature, it can develop unrealistic ideas about sex, and can force young women into believing it’s something that’s expected of them.
If they have been exposed to sex and relationships education, which covers consent and the emotional side of sex as well as the biological ‘what goes where’ info, the chances are young girls will have the confidence to say no, and will be able to wait until a time that feels right for them.
It’s unthinkable that a child of 11 should be having sex – whether it was forced upon her or whether she believed it was something she ‘should’ do among her peers. And now, as a result, her body is enduring a trauma it shouldn’t be exposed to at such a young age, never mind the lasting psychological damage this experience will likely leave.
It’s unknown whether the youngster will be able to give birth naturally, but the likelihood is that her pelvis will not have grown enough to be able to fit a baby through it. If this is the case, the young girl will have to undergo a caesarean section.
Up until now, it’s thought that the youngest person in the UK to have given birth was aged12. One of the girls who had a baby at this young age, Tressa Middleton, gave birth back in 2006 and her baby was taken into care. Now, after 11 years, she is 23 years of age and has overcome a past of alcohol and drug addiction, but is now expecting another child with her fiance, 30-year-old Darren Young.