12yo gives birth in Australia

An Australian girl has given birth in hospital after falling pregnant at the age of 11.

The girl, now aged 12, gave birth earlier in January at a Perth hospital.

Neither the girl or her family have been named.

The Department of Communities told 7News a coordinated response is needed to ensure the safety of mother and baby during situations like this.

A dozen 12-year-old girls have given birth to babies since 1980 according to Western Australia Health Department statistics.

Police are aware of the case and working with the families involved.



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