In Alabama, a baby was born with something in his hand. This was a first for me. I couldn’t even imagine what a baby in the womb could possibly find to hold onto. I mean Lego blocks and Crayola crayons usually aren’t supplied in the womb. Actually it’s very ironic when you see what the baby was holding. It was an IUD, a birth control device which is considered by many to be the most effective way to prevent pregnancy. Here’s my theory. As one of the sperm went swimming by, it grabbed the IUD in order to give itself a chance at life and as the baby formed it continued to keep it’s grip on the device.
The mother, Lucy Hellein, said: “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 wasn’t planned, my family and I feel incredibly blessed.”
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.”
The FDA has approved five different brands of IUDs: ParaGard, Liletta, Mirena, Skyla, and Kyleena.
The device did not show up on an ultrasound, leading her obstetrician to suspect that it had probably fallen out. However, 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. “IUDs are so effective because there’s no chance of making a mistake,” Planned Parenthood goes on to explain. “You can’t forget to take it (like the pill), or use it incorrectly (like condoms). And you’re protected from pregnancy 24/7 for 3 to 12 years, depending on which kind you get. Once your IUD is in place, you can pretty much forget about it until it expires.”