Have you ever seen a baby born holding the birth control? Last week, baby Dexter came into the world, and became famous for representing the 0.01% of times the Mirena coil does not work.
The Mirena is a T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) that works to provide long-term birth control. It thickens the mucus lining in the cervix, making it harder for sperm to reach or fertilize the egg. It also thins the lining of the uterus and prevents ovulation.
The Mirena coil is supposed to provide protection from conception for up to years, and less than 1% of women that use it carry the risk of becoming pregnant.
Well, Dexter wasn’t one to be hindered by the IUD. Dexter’s mother, Lucy Hellein, from Texas, was fitted with the device about four months before she found out she was pregnant.
She gave birth to Dexter via C-section last week. He came out weighing 9lbs 1oz, and was hilariously clutching the IUD device in a picture Lucy posted to Facebook titled “Mirena fail”. The post has been shared more than 70,000 times as people react to the irony of the situation.
Although completely unplanned, Dexter has been a good surprise for the family. Lucy told Metro, “Dexter was definitely meant to be. His due date was May 4th and even the doctor said ‘The force is strong with this one’.”
“Although he wasn’t planned, my family and I feel incredibly blessed.”
She also spoke about her history with the Mirena coil, saying she had opted for it because she and her husband had kids already, and felt that they should now be careful.
“This was actually my third Mirena, my first two worked great. I had this one inserted back in August,” she stated.
“I found out I was pregnant back in December and I’ll admit I was scared because of the Mirena.”
“I assumed that I was only a few weeks along, but the ultrasound confirmed that I was already 18 weeks along,” she recalled.
She further explained that her Mirena couldn’t be found on the ultrasound, so they assumed it had fallen out.
“My Mirena was nowhere to be found on my ultrasound so my OB assumed it had fallen out, but I wasn’t convinced.”
She also explained the process of finding the Mirena post-birth.
“For those wondering, no I did not push him out, he was a scheduled C-section.”
She further stated, “My daughter was an emergency c-section, so I had this one scheduled primarily because I didn’t want to risk the possibility of going through another emergency c-section. During the c-section my OB planned on searching for the MIA Mirena.”
It was found later behind Lucy’s placenta. After Dexter’s birth, Lucy had her Fallopian tube removed, meaning that she has now “shut down her baby factory,” in her own words.
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