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INTERNATIONAL: Mother shares photo of newborn holding coil meant to prevent pregnancy

By Independent (UK)

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baby-coilINDEPENDENT (UK) – A woman has shared a picture of her newborn baby holding the contraceptive coil that was supposed to stop her becoming pregnant – and it’s gone viral.

The photo, posted by mum Lucy Hellein from Alabama, has now been shared over 72,000 times on Facebook.

She gave birth to her third child, Dexter Tyler, by caesarean section and the surgeon removed her Mirena coil during the operation.

The coil is another name for an intrauterine device, or IUD.

Women shouldn’t be worried though, because NHS figures state that if implanted correctly the coil is 99 per cent effective, and fewer than one in 100 women who use an IUD will get pregnant in one year. IUDs with less copper will be less effective.

Hellein captioned her image with “Mirena fail!” but she’d previously had no problems with the coil.

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  1. Why put the ciol in the childs hand

  2. Can any of you read? The article didn't state that the baby was born holding the contraceptive. a surgeon removed it during the operation.

  3. Come on really believe a story as silly as that. Can a baby hold on to that idu and pass through the birth canal holding it...unless all of you were hatched

  4. No weapon formed against me shall prosper!

  5. The Commentator

    So since that contraceptive coil did not work then perhaps the manufacturer should issue a product recall as there is proof that it was defective.

  6. Congrats....mister is a strong man already. ...he is ready to work.


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