A baby was born even if her mother used IUD as a form of birth control. In this type of method, there is almost a zero possibility chance of getting pregnant but the impossible seems to be real.
There are ways women and men can prevent pregnancies from oral contraceptives, condoms, diaphragms, and intrauterine device, among others. IUD or coil is a device inserted into a woman’s uterus as a form of birth control.
The “T” shaped contraceptive is small and a flexible piece of plastic that is put in by a doctor and can cost anywhere from 0 to $1,000 depending on coverage. The benefit of using IUD is that it can last up to 12 years and it is considered 99% effective.
Dexter was born on April 27, 2017, despite his mom having an IUD inserted on August 2016.
This makes the nine-pound-one-ounce baby part of the 1% non-effective.
Not that mom Lucy Hellein would change anything.
Hellein and her partner were already parents to Dave and Faye. They were quite confident they were finished having more kids, hence, the decision to have the Mirena IUD inserted last year.
Women can still ovulate with an IUD as it doesn’t affect ovulation.
The hormonal and copper coils change the way sperms move, thus, preventing pregnancy.
Four months after having the coil inserted, Hellein found out she was pregnant.
Hellein’s doctor believes she got pregnant about three weeks after the IUD was implanted.
Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner Laura Ghasseminia believes Hellein was already pregnant when the coil was placed.
“It’s next to impossible (to get pregnant),” she told WTLV. “You have a better chance of winning the lotto.”
Hellein says she has used Mirena in the past and it has worked for her.
“I was given a due date of May 4th…even my OB said ‘The force is strong with this one.’ This boy was definitely a HUGE surprise,” Hellein wrote on her Instagram photo.
Whether she got pregnant before or after the device was inserted, Dexter’s birth is still spectacular.
“This woman is very lucky that when the placenta grew over the IUD it did not disrupt the blood flow to the placenta,” Ghasseminia explained that this often leads to miscarriage.
Even Hellein was afraid of the possible outcome.
“From what I had read online, the majority of IUD pregnancies are either not viable or end in miscarriage. I assumed I was only a few weeks along — eight weeks at the most,” she admits.
“Although he wasn’t planned, my family and I feel incredibly blessed,” Hellein told the Metro UK.
“I was overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions. I felt he was meant to be,” Hellein reveals.
Still, she went ahead with the pregnancy, finding out later on she was farther ahead than she originally suspected.
“One risk of becoming pregnant while using Mirena is called ectopic pregnancy. This means that the pregnancy is not in the uterus,” the company warns. “It may occur in the fallopian tubes. Signs of ectopic pregnancy may include unusual vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain.”
Despite the effectiveness of IUD, Hellein could see the irony in her pregnancy.
“When I finally announced my pregnancy, since I was obviously part of the one percent of women who end up with a pregnancy with an IUD, I figured I would add the hashtag (#Mirenababy) with every belly pic and ultrasound pic,” she says.
Dexter was a planned C-section.
“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,” Hellein explains.
My Mirena was nowhere to be found on ultrasound so my OB assumed that it had fallen out, but I wasn’t convinced,” Hellein said.
Hellein’s Obstetrician searched for the IUD during the C-section.
The doctor found the coil behind the placenta.
Dexter’s parents don’t plan on having more kids as Hellein had her tubes tied.
Still, they want the best future for Dexter, starting to GoFundMe page to raise money for post-secondary education.
The baby was not born holding the coil, but rather it was placed in his tiny hand after birth.
The photo has gone viral with thousands of likes and shares all over the world.
If you interested in contributing to Dexter’s academic future, visit his GoFundMe page.