A photo of a newborn baby, Tyler Dexter, who was allegedly born holding his mother’s IUD (Intrauterine Device) the contraceptive that was supposed to prevent her from getting pregnant, has gone viral on social media which has been shared over 71,000 times.
Tyler was born on April 27, one week earlier than the scheduled delivery date. At the time of birth, Tyler weighed around 9 pounds. His mother admits that it was her third Mirena (IUD) she used, and the first that failed to do its job of preventing a pregnancy.
She revealed that her first two IUDs worked properly and she inserted her third on August 2016. Later in December, she discovered that she was pregnant with Tyler.
“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 was not planned, my family and I feel incredibly blessed,” said Lucy Hellein, the baby’s mother.
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.”
There are two types of IUDs, copper and hormonal. Mirena, Lileetta, Skyla, and Kyleena are hormonal that using the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy.
The IUD that Hellein was using was Mirena. However, just before Christmas 2016 she discovered that she was 18 weeks pregnant, meaning that Dexter was conceived only a few days after it was installed.
Hellein obstetrician suspected that the IUD had probably fallen out when the device did not show up on an ultrasound. But it had been hiding behind her placenta, which is how it allegedly ended up in Dexter’s hand when he was born.
IUDs are reputed to be effective 99 percent of the time; however, Hellein says she is not taking any chances in the future. After giving birth to Dexter she reportedly opted to be sterilized by having her fallopian tubes removed.