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Baby Girl Conceived On Valentine's Day Born With Heart-Shaped Birthmark On Forehead (Photo)

| by Karin Sun
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A young British couple who conceived their daughter on Valentine's Day 2015 noticed a red, heart-shaped birthmark on her forehead.

Jade Sparham, 20, and Liam Scaife, 21, from Skegness in the English province of Lincolnshire, had their daughter, Poppy-Rae, in November 2015, the Daily Mail reported. Two days after the child was born, the distinctive birthmark began to appear on her forehead.

Although Jade was worried at first and brought Poppy-Rae to a doctor, medical professionals assured her that the birthmark was not harmful.

Over time, Jade and Liam said they came to accept the mark as part of their daughter's unique appearance.

"At first we worried that Poppy-Rae would be bullied as she grew up, or struggle to find a boyfriend," Jade said, according to the Daily Mail.

"But now, we've realized that her birthmark is what makes her unique and it makes her more beautiful to both of us," she continued. "We really believe that her little love-heart has brought us closer together as a family.

"If Liam and I ever have an argument or disagreement, all we need to do is look at Poppy and we're reminded of how much we really love each other."

The new mother explained that the color of the birthmark often changed with her daughter's mood.  

"Her birthmark becomes redder if she's giggling, but also when she's upset, which makes it impossible to get tired of her crying," Jade said.

The couple realized the special significance of the mark when they deduced from sonograms that their daughter had been conceived on Valentine's Day. They are looking forward to celebrating the upcoming romantic holiday with their newborn, who is now 12 weeks old.

Although they were told the mark would likely disappear by the time their daughter is 4 or 5 years old, they said they consider it to always be a part of her.

"I hope Poppy-Rae's mark never disappears," Jade added. " ... [I]t makes her so unique."

According to the U.K.'s National Health Service, vascular birthmarks are usually red, pink or purple in color, occur mainly on the face, and are caused by abnormal blood vessels under the skin. Most of these birthmarks fade on their own over time and do not require medical treatment, according to the health organization.

Sources: The Daily Mail, NHS / Photo Credit: John Aron Photography/HotSpot Media via The Daily Mail, photosteve101/Flickr, Kevin Dooley/Flickr

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