An Alabama baby was allegedly born holding his mother’s Intrauterine Device — the contraceptive that was supposed to prevent her from getting pregnant.
A Facebook picture of the newborn, Dexter Tyler, has been shared over 71,000 times, reports the Daily Mail.
The mother, Lucy Hellein, said: “Dexter was definitely meant to be. His original due date was May 4th and even the doctor said “the force was strong with this one. Although he wasn’t planned, my family and I feel incredibly blessed.”
As explained by Planned Parenthood, an IUD is “a small piece of flexible plastic shaped like a T” which is “inserted into your uterus to prevent pregnancy.”
It is “long-term, reversible, and one of the most effective birth control methods out there.”
The FDA has approved five different brands of IUDs: ParaGard, Liletta, Mirena, Skyla, and Kyleena. There are two types of IUDs — copper and hormonal.
Mirena, Lileetta, Skyla and Kyleena are hormonal, using the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood explained them on their site:
The hormones in Liletta, Mirena, Skyla, and Kyleena IUDs prevent pregnancy in two ways:
- They thicken the mucus that lives on the cervix, which blocks and traps the sperm, and
- The hormones also sometimes stop eggs from leaving your ovaries (called ovulation), which means there’s no egg for a sperm to fertilize. No egg, no pregnancy.