A newborn baby was pictured holding his mother's contraceptive coil, who failed to prevent her from becoming pregnant with it. Paula dos Santos Escudero Alvarez, 32, gave birth to Bernardo on July 4, 2021, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The mother had been using a method of contraception, called an intrauterine device (IUD), for three years. But she still got pregnant, which is extremely rare, as the device tends to work between five and ten years.
Bernardo was born healthy at 32 weeks, weighing just over 3kg. Surprisingly, the woman's first child, Gabriel, was also born while she was on the pill.
Birth photographer Michelle Oliveira described Bernado as a "miracle". She said that when her second baby was born, the coil was taken out and given to him to hold.
Michelle said, "The IUD was placed in her little hand to represent her arrival. The baby was born, the IUD was taken out right away, and the doctor placed it in her little hand."
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