HEARTWARMING images show a newborn holding his mum’s coil which failed to prevent a pregnancy.
Paula dos Santos Escudero Alvarez, 32, gave birth to Bernado on July 4 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
Paula, already a mum to one, had been using the birth control – called an intrauterine device (IUD) but better known as the coil – for three years.
But she fell pregnant anyway, which is extremely rare, as the device works for between five and ten years.
Bernardo was born healthy at 36 weeks, weighing just over 3kg (7lbs).
Shockingly Paula’s first child, Gabriel, was also born when she was on the Pill.
Birth photographer Michelle Oliveira described Bernado as a "miracle".
She told Newsflash that when Bernado was born the coil was removed and given to him to hold.
The tiny boy clutched it in his hands as he laid on his mum for the first time.
Michelle said: "The IUD was placed in his little hand to represent his arrival.
“The baby was born, the IUD was removed straight away, and the doctor placed it in his little hand."
Michelle wrote on Instagram that "there are no barriers that stop a miracle".
She said: "This arrival was beautiful and exciting. What a joy to share this rarity! Welcome, Bernardo!"
Do contraceptives work?
According to the NHS website, IUDs are more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.
It works by releasing copper that make it difficult for sperm to survive, or for a fertilised egg implanting.
While the IUD can come have some complications and risks, the benefits include that it works almost instantly and for several years.
The NHS website says if the IUD fails and you become pregnant, there's a small increased risk of ectopic pregnancy.
In most pregnancies involving coils, doctors try to remove the device at the earliest possible opportunity.
However, in Paula's case, it was not possible as the wire was not visible.
As for the Pill, the NHS says it is more than 99 per cent effective with perfect use, with fewer than one in 100 women conceiving in a year.
However, with “typical use”, suggesting some pills taken at the wrong time or missed, the Pill is 91 per cent effective, causing nine pregnancies in 100 women using it every year.
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