A photo of a newborn baby holding a Mirena IUD has gone viral across social media platforms. Dexter Tyler isn’t quite a week old and he is already an internet celebrity. Doctors say the healthy 9-lb baby boy is a miracle because he beat the odds.
Lucy Hellein, Dexter’s mom shared the photo of her baby boy holding the Mirena IUD on her Facebook page with the tag “Mirena Fail!” Dexter’s photo has been shared more than 71,000 shares in just two days, reports First Coast News.
Hellein states that when she posted her son’s photo to Facebook it was to share her beautiful miracle baby. She had no idea that the photo would quickly go viral. She also states that she wants to clear something up. Despite what has been said and shared online Dexter was not born holding the Mirena IUD, but she adds he was conceived while the internal contraceptive was inserted.
Hellein states that her doctor told her that she became pregnant about three weeks after the Mirena IUD was put into place. Her doctor could not remove the IUD during her pregnancy, but after Dexter’s delivery, the doctor found the IUD behind Hellein’s placenta.
The new mom explains that the nurse placed the Mirena IUD in Dexter’s tiny hand. The photo was taken and shared online where it quickly went viral.
With the photos, popularity comes some questions as a lot of women are now questioning the effectiveness of the Mirena IUD and other implants.
Laura Ghassemina works as a nurse practitioner for Planned Parenthood and she says that IUD’s are 99% effective. Ghassemina explains that the IUD is implanted in the uterus and it works by releasing progesterone, a hormone which prevents pregnancy, into the woman’s system. She states that it is almost impossible to get pregnant if you have an IUD implanted. She adds that a woman has a better chance of winning the lottery than becoming pregnant with an IUD, reports KHOU.
Ghassemina states that Hellein did not receive treatment through Planned Parenthood, but it is a common procedure to test for pregnancy before inserting an IUD. She adds that there is a slight chance that Hellein was already pregnant, but because of the delay between the time an egg is fertilized and then makes its way to the uterine cavity it is possible that it delayed a positive pregnancy test.
The nurse practitioner also adds that Hellein is extremely lucky that when her placenta grew over top of the IUD that it did not block the flow of blood to the placenta because that could have caused a miscarriage.
Hellein told local media that she feels like the luckiest woman in the world. Now she and the world are calling her precious Dexter a miracle.
Dexter turned one week old on May 4th, which Hellein shares was his original due date. May 4th is also Star Wars Day and Hellein laughed as she shared that her doctor told her that “the force is strong with this one,” reports 12News.
Hellein shares that this was the third time that she has used a Mirena IUD and that she never had any issues with the previous implants. Hellein, who is the mother of three, says that this time she took more permanent measures to prevent future pregnancies.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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