A baby has been born clutching his mum’s malfunctioning intrauterine device (IUD), designed to stop her getting pregnant in the first place.
Startling images show the tiny boy after he was born holding the expelled IUD in his hand after the contraceptive device failed to stop her from becoming pregnant.
The incident took place at Hai Phong International Hospital in the city of Hai Phong in northern Vietnam, and photos of the newborn have since been widely shared on social media.
The baby can be seen with his eyes closed holding the yellow and black IUD — which, if it had worked, would have prevented him from being conceived at all.
Obstetrician Tran Viet Phuong said the device had come out when the baby was born. The infant had it held firmly in his hands when the picture was taken.
Phuong told local media: “After delivery, I thought him holding the device was interesting, so I took a picture. I never thought it would receive so much attention.”
The tot’s 34-year-old mother had reportedly had the IUD inserted two years earlier but it clearly did not work as she later discovered she was pregnant.
Phuong said the IUD may have been moved from its original position, becoming an ineffective form of contraception and allowing the mother to become pregnant.
The baby was healthy when born, weighing 3.2kg (7 lbs) and both mother and child were under observation in the hospital after the birth.
The mother had previously had two other children, according to reports.
An IUD, also known as the coil, prevents sperm from being able to fertilise a woman’s eggs and can work by either releasing copper or hormones, creating a hostile environment for sperm.
The device is inserted into the uterus and can stay there for 5 to 10 years before being replaced, and is considered 99% effective during that time.
Becoming pregnant while using an IUD is very rare, with just one out of every 100 women likely to experience a device malfunction.
This can happen if the IUD falls out of position, if it’s been in longer than recommended or if a woman has unprotected sex less than seven days after having the device inserted.