Mum's Contraceptive Coil Held By Newborn Baby After Birthby Laura Driver
These incredible images show a newborn holding his mum's contraceptive coil (IUD) that failed to stop her falling pregnant. The baby boy clasps his mother's intrauterine device in his hand at Hai Phong International Hospital in the city of Hai Phong in northern Vietnam.
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. It was previously reported the baby has been delivered with it in his hand.
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 baby's mother had reportedly had the IUD inserted two years earlier but it 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 3.2 kilogrammes (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 after being inserted into a woman's uterus.