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11-Year-Old Girl Has a Baby in Bulgaria

Babies Having Babies in Bulgaria

Sadly teenage pregnancies have become all too common, even trendy in some spots. While movies like Juno make it seem like an American phenomenon, other parts of the world have seen babies having babies for ages. In many countries, the age of consent is as low as 13 or 14. Though it varies by state in America, the average age of consent is 16. So when we hear about an 11-year-old having a daughter, it still shocks the system. When I think of 11-year-olds, I imagine budding girls starting middle school and having their first crush. I think training bras and scrawny legs, not breastfeeding an infant. But that's exactly where one young lady finds herself.

An 11-year-old Bulgarian girl had a daughter in the middle of her wedding festivities. Yes, wedding festivities. The two wanted to tie the knot before the baby's arrival. Apparently it was love at first sight when her 19-year-old fiancé rescued her from a bullying group of lads. The two consecrated their love for each other within a week and unknown to him, she lied about her age so not to scare him off. She immediately became pregnant with his child. Now the two teens are parents to Violeta. The new mommy said, ""I'm not going to play with toys anymore — I have a new toy now."

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Don't get me started.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
To anon 37, I was 21 when I had my daughter. But just didn't feel right about rushing into marriage when we were headed into such new territory as parents already :)
Roarman Roarman 7 years
To blame the media and the stars themselve for teenage pregnancy is ridiculous. It takes a lot more than a news story and Angelina Jolie to make a teenager think having a baby is a good idea. Teenagers having babies out of wedlock is not a new phenomenon.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
Anon, what is viewed upon as wrong and illegal in our country is not always the same in others. Although I don't agree with it either, and think 11 is FAR too young to be a mother, and could of course have detrimental effects on her, it's not out of place there. It is sickening though. Especially the quote from the girl at the end of the story.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
Wow. It is definitely shocking to see what goes on in other cultures. I cannot imagine having a child at age 11. Just cannot even fathom it. Good luck to her is all I can say. I also agree with those comments about how Hollywood celebrities are glamourizing having a baby. Teenagers need to realize that it's not all fun...and yes, the celebs have a TON of help. Definitely not a real image of motherhood. I do not agree, however, with those who say it's wrong to have a child "out of wedlock." If you are an appropriate age, and are in a stable, loving relationship, I don't think there's anything wrong with that. My boyfriend and I have been together for some time, and have raised a happy, healthy, smart little girl. We didn't feel the need to get married just because we were having a child. We already had a life changing situation to deal with, we didn't need to push ourselves into another huge decision.
emma-noel emma-noel 7 years
fyi i honstly do not care 4 ur commntz yet i do not feel the need 2 call u out on dem partly bcuz i couldnt care less about u ppl and u most likely would not care 4 my opinion as well as da fact dat i hav bettr things 2 do. i did not understand ur post, skigurl (heheh...talkn about spelling...gurl) bcuz my dictionary does not contain the word "i"!!!! wat is dat?? good day
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
The legal age for marriage in Bulgaria is 18. It was a spiritual/religious ceremony without legal binding. I wish them luck...there's nothing that harsh criticism can do to make this situation better. I feel for them.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I agree, Philly. Babies have come to be seen as a fashion accessory.. something cute and trendy. Many teenagers don't realize that celebrities have slews of cooks, nannys, etc. If someone wants to be a single parent then more power to them ! However, MANY of these single parents in Hollywood CHOOSE to have a child - either by adoption, surrogate, donor, etc.
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
Roarman, I think the point is that TEENAGERS are seeing this behavior and thinking it is OK to just pop out a baby bc it is so fun and this and that. Well, its not. Comparing them to sheryl crow ans sharon stone who adopt is totally not the point.. completely different
Roarman Roarman 7 years
Having babies out of wedlock? Really? Isn't this 2009? Its fine if you don't want to have children before being married, but please don't judge others for doing it. Especially celebrities who have enough resources to more than care for their children. Many of them adopt these children. Sheryl Crow, Sharon Stone. As to this story, yuck. Let's hope this girl and baby have a lot of support.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
runningesq i second that motion and was about the write the same thing!!! emma, please, no one wants to read that.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
So sad! I feel bad for her and her "new toy".
emma-noel emma-noel 7 years
im afraid dats not possibl,runningesq
bloodyroses bloodyroses 7 years
that is just so wrong. the guy's almost twice her age.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
emma, sweetie, it's easier to type normally. and it makes you appear much more intelligent.
kmckay kmckay 7 years
uh, I wouldn't let an 11 year old babysit my child.
emma-noel emma-noel 7 years
dat 19 yr old ot 2 b stoned...............sum1 needz 2 mak a facebook group 4 dat
opisnowpro opisnowpro 7 years
very sad....well at least most pregnant celebrities are adults and with money
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Ugh. What? She got sick of playing with her Barbies? "I have a new toy now". What a quote.
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