Neighbours described the mother’s terrace home as like a ‘fortress’, with the curtains always closed and no one allowed inside.
The girl, a member of an indigenous tribe called the Wayuu who are based in the La Guajira Peninsula in the north of the country, was 39 weeks pregnant when she underwent a Caesarean section. The world's youngest mother is Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl who gave birth just two weeks after her fifth birthday.
The birth was major news when it happened in 1933 as it was unheard of that a girl would be able to give birth at such a young age.
A social worker’s report warned that the mother ‘appears to be doing things secretively for her own gain’, but concluded there was no evidence of ‘significant harm’ to the children, and the case was closed again.
In 2008, the GP made another referral to social services.
Hormonal changes after birth can make your vagina feel drier than usual. Until then, both of you can carry on being loving and close in other ways.
You may be worried about changes to your body or getting pregnant again. If you or your partner have any worries, talk about them together.
Nurses knew she planned to give her baby to her mother to raise, but were worried by her mother’s aggressive behaviour, including a refusal to let A breastfeed her baby, saying: ‘We don’t want any of that attachment thing.’Midwives raised the alarm when the mother tried to take the newborn baby from the ward, and A later confided in a family friend about her ordeal.
All four children were taken into care and the mother was charged with child cruelty.
You can talk with your health visitor or GP if you need some more help.