Now Playing
K99.1FM
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
K99.1FM

Posted: May 04, 2017

Newborn baby photographed with mother's IUD in hand

File photo of a copper intrauterine device.
Lalocracio/Getty Images/iStockphoto
File photo of a copper intrauterine device.

By Brianna Chambers, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A woman whose birth control proved ineffective is calling her newborn baby her “Mirena baby.” 

>> Read more trending news 

Lucy Hellein of Fort Mitchell, Alabama, gave birth to her son, Dexter, on April 27. 

A photo uploaded on Hellein’s Instagram account shows the baby was 9 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21.5 inches at birth. 

But there’s something unique about Dexter’s birth -- behind the placenta, which is attached to the wall of a pregnant woman’s uterus, doctors found a Mirena IUD, fully intact.

The IUD was placed in Dexter’s hand for an ironic photo opp.

Hellein said Dexter, who was born at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, is a blessing. She jokingly called her son’s birth a “Mirena fail.”

“It’s next to impossible (to get pregnant),” Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner, Laura Ghasseminia told WTLV in regard to IUDs. “You have a better chance of winning the lotto.”

IUDs are said to be one of the most effective forms of birth controls. Mirena is said to be over 99 percent effective.

Hellein told WTLV her doctor thinks she might have gotten pregnant three weeks after the IUD was placed. Ghasseminia said Hellein may have been pregnant before the IUD was inserted.

Dr. Leena Nathan, an OBGYN and assistant clinical professor for the University of California at Los Angeles told Snopes that though it’s rare, doctors sometimes find failed IUDs in a pregnant woman’s uterus after her child is delivered. Pregnancies with IUDs still in the uterus can be risky.

Hellein told WTLV that doctors knew about the IUD in her uterus during her pregnancy but couldn’t find it when they went to remove it. 

Hellein told WTLV her original due date was May 4, also known as Star Wars Day. 

“So, the doctor was like, ‘The force is strong with this one,’” she said. 

Hellein, who already had three children, said she has effectively used Mirena in the past.


There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

 
 

The #1 Free Home Show in the Miami Valley is almost here

The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location. Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily during mall hours.  Admission is free! 

  • Landscaping and Outdoors

Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation

  • Demonstration Stage

Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair

  • Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch 
  • Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s. 
  • The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
  • Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet. 
  • There will be a Q&A session with Barry at 1 p.m. 
  • Enter to win a Me-TV Prize Pack and be the first to meet Barry Williams

For more information on this year’s big event and how your business can participate visit HomeExpoDayton.com 

Play the Checkered Flag Challenge

This is THE Game for NASCAR Fans. Pick who you think will finish in the top 10 each race and compete for weekly prizes and a trip to the 2019 Daytona 500.