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Published: Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 5:14 PM
— A woman whose birth control proved ineffective is calling her newborn baby her “Mirena baby.”
Lucy Hellein of Fort Mitchell, Alabama, gave birth to her son, Dexter, on April 27.
A photo uploaded on Hellein’s Instagram account shows the baby was 9 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21.5 inches at birth.
But there’s something unique about Dexter’s birth -- behind the placenta, which is attached to the wall of a pregnant woman’s uterus, doctors found a Mirena IUD, fully intact.
The IUD was placed in Dexter’s hand for an ironic photo opp.
Hellein said Dexter, who was born at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, is a blessing. She jokingly called her son’s birth a “Mirena fail.”
“It’s next to impossible (to get pregnant),” Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner, Laura Ghasseminia told WTLV in regard to IUDs. “You have a better chance of winning the lotto.”
IUDs are said to be one of the most effective forms of birth controls. Mirena is said to be over 99 percent effective.
Hellein told WTLV her doctor thinks she might have gotten pregnant three weeks after the IUD was placed. Ghasseminia said Hellein may have been pregnant before the IUD was inserted.
Dr. Leena Nathan, an OBGYN and assistant clinical professor for the University of California at Los Angeles told Snopes that though it’s rare, doctors sometimes find failed IUDs in a pregnant woman’s uterus after her child is delivered. Pregnancies with IUDs still in the uterus can be risky.
Hellein told WTLV that doctors knew about the IUD in her uterus during her pregnancy but couldn’t find it when they went to remove it.
Hellein told WTLV her original due date was May 4, also known as Star Wars Day.
“So, the doctor was like, ‘The force is strong with this one,’” she said.
Hellein, who already had three children, said she has effectively used Mirena in the past.
Published: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 3:33 PM
— A teacher in Burleson, Texas, is being praised for completing her lesson plans while she was in labor.
Photographer Andrea McDonald of Rooted in Love Photography captured pictures of educator Jennifer Pope finishing up her lesson plans before handing them off to her husband, who was to deliver them to a substitute teacher in the parking lot.
She posted the photo to Facebook, along with some words of admiration.
“This post is about showing the dedication of a teacher,” wrote McDonald, who was a teacher for many years. “No lie, she gave birth less than an hour later.”
The photo quickly went viral, getting more than 21,000 likes and 7,000 shares.
Many people commented about their appreciation for teachers.
“I once went dumpster diving for a missing retainer a student accidentally threw away. You would be amazed at what a teacher will do for her students!” Jenni Picard wrote on Facebook.
“Been there! I did my final grades between contractions. Way to go! You are amazing!” wrote Tabitha Benter.
McDonald said Pope’s husband is also a teacher.
“Teachers love their students as their own. Even in labor and when they’re home sick, they care,” McDonald told parenting site Scary Mommy.
Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
— A New Jersey father of five girls is celebrating the birth of his first son.
Kennedy Zarour’s priceless reaction was captured on camera on March 8 in the delivery room by his wife, who was undergoing a C-section.
Zarour was wearing a mask and a surgical uniform as doctors performed the C-section. When they told him the baby was a boy, Zaour leaped out of his seat and started screaming with joy.
“Yeah, baby!” yelled Zarour. “I got a boy!”
One of the medical professionals in the room politely asked him to calm down, so he wouldn’t scare anybody.
According to Inside Edition, Zarour has two 20-year-old daughters from a previous marriage. He and his wife, Natalie, have three daughters together.
The couple named their son Gerard.
Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 11:37 AM
— Kidnapping survivor and activist Elizabeth Smart shared the first image of her second child on Easter Sunday.
In the picture, Smart’s 2-year-old daughter, Chloe, is snuggled up with her baby brother.
“These two make my Easter perfect!#soinlove #happyeaster #sundaysareforfamily #blessed #bigthingsinlittlepackages,” Smart wrote.
According to People magazine, Smart was due to give birth on April 2, but it has not been confirmed if she gave birth that day. The baby boy’s name has not been revealed.
Smart was kidnapped from her home in 2002 by Brian David Mitchell and was held captive by Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, for nine months before her rescue in 2003. Since the abduction, Smart has worked as a motivational speaker and has been a contributor to “Crime Watch Daily.”
Smart married Matthew Gilmour in Hawaii in 2012 and welcomed daughter Chloe in February 2015.
Smart posted a photo earlier Sunday of her daughter participating in an Easter egg hunt.
Smart set her Instagram account to private on Monday afternoon.
Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 11:07 AM
— Twins usually share the same birthday, but one set of twins in Houston, Texas, will celebrate their birthdays two weeks apart.
Little Amara Woolridge was born in January at just 24 weeks. She weighed 1 pound, 3 ounces.
“When I saw her feet kicking, that was just the best moment,” her mother, LaTroya Woolridge, told KTRK. “At the same time, I was afraid of what was going to happen next because she was so tiny.”
Two weeks later, Arthur Woolridge III arrived, weighing 2 pounds 2 ounces.
LaTroya Woolridge drove herself to the hospital during a storm when she started feeling labor pains.
Doctors made the decision to deliver Amara and hoped that Arthur would be able to develop further before delivery. They worried that their lungs and circulatory systems might not develop properly.
Doctors said the babies are doing well, KTRK reported. LaTroya Woolridge and her husband, Arthur Woolridge II, hope to bring them home soon.
They’re looking forward to the years ahead.
“I can see her saying (to her brother), ‘Oh, I’m going to get my license 14 days before you,’” said LaTroya Woolridge.