Why Only 11 People Have Been Born On Antarctica

Antarctica has the lowest infant mortality rate of any continent…..0%. That’s because only 11 babies have been born on Antarctica, and none of them died as infants. What’s crazier is why the babies were born there in the first place. These were not unplanned births. In the 1970s and 1980s, Argentina and Chile sent pregnant women there to give birth as a means of strengthening their claims on Antarctica. Emilio Marcos Palma — born January 7, 1978 — is the first person ever born on the continent of Antarctica. Since his birth, there have been 10 others born there. So, if you’re born on Antarctica, what country of birth is listed on your birth certificate? Antarctica is actually a continent and is not governed by a single country. There are research stations operated by various countries for scientific purposes, so the country of birth of someone born on Antarctica would be the country that operated the research station where the birth took place. There are currently 70 permanent research stations scattered across Antarctica, operated by 29 countries.