My name is Mary Naegle and I had a tubal ligation on Dec 20, 1996. Much to my surprise I went through a major depression after having my tubal ligation. I began searching the Internet for Dr's in my area that perform reversals to my surprise there were not very many and the ones there were had very little experience and not a very high success rate. I then expanded my search and after meeting with several Dr's that my husband and I were not impressed with. We had just about given up hope when one day while taking a break at school I decided I would trying searching the Internet 1 last time. This is when I found Dr. Levin's web-site I was interested in what he had to offer and prayed that he would be my angel (and he was).
I called his office and arranged for a telephone consult since I live in Waynesville, NC. And, anxiously awaited his call. I didn't want to waste his time or mine so first thing I asked him was If he would do a reversal on a woman who had 6 children already (being that several other doctors turned me away for that reason alone). He said sure.
I received all the information I needed to make my decision and right away scheduled surgery. I had my reversal in Nov 1999. I now have a precious 14 month old son (Jamison) thanks to Dr. Levin and his wonderful talent. One thing I think all women should know who are considering a tubal reversal is that a doctors success rate is something you need to look at more than the cost of the procedure. Another thing is don't think that just because you have your reversal on Monday you'll be pregnant by Friday.
I love all the support and encouragement I received with Dr. Levin. I also wanted to share that had it not been for Dr. Levin, Jamison may not have made it because he was the one who caught that my progesterone level was too low to sustain the pregnancy and right away got a hold of me and my pharmacy to get me the progesterone I needed to sustain my pregnancy.
I am happy to report that I am now expecting my second TR baby in Oct 2003 (surprise)
Paul, Mary , Cailey, Leah , Raimi, Christopher, Marissa, Faith, & baby Jamison.
Last night I spent alot of time thinking how truly blessed I am. In 1996 I thought my family was complete with 6 children. I remember having my tubal ligation like it was yesterday. I cried going into the OR because in my heart I knew that I wanted more children, however I let others convince me that 6 children was enough for anyone. I can still remember the depression I suffered for months to follow. I prayed that I would someday, somehow have the opportunity to be a mom to a new baby again. Many times, (although I firmly believe in miracles)I thought that my new mommy days were over.
I remember going to Louisville for my reversal. I would be lying if I didn't say I was petrified. I had never met you (only talked on the phone) plus I was (still am) scared to death of anesthesia. I remember checking into the Jewish Inn the night before and how I couldn't sleep. I wondered deep down will this really work or am I putting myself through emotional torment. I don't think I slept more than a couple hours at most. I remember going to the hospital that morning and the closer it came to going to the OR the more fear I felt. I prayed that I would find peace and comfort and know that I would be ok. When I met you and Venica for the first time all of my fears were gone. (an answer to my prayer for peace and comfort) I knew that I would be ok. Even after my surgery I don't think it really sank in that I would have another baby. Although, I really wanted another baby more than I could ever imagine.
When I got that positive pregnancy test 17 months after my surgery I thought I was dreaming. Now, I can't even imagine what my life would be like with out my three beautiful children that without your surgically expertise I would never have. You are a wonderfully talented Doctor who can give women a priceless gift. The gift of a child. (or in my case 3 children). I thank the Lord everyday for sending me such a wonderfully talented surgeon who could make it possible for me to be what I have always wanted to be a Mommy. Thank you so much. May the Lord continue to bless you for all that you do.
Mary, Wife to Paul
Mom to Cailey (17), Leah (16), Raimi (15), Christopher (13), Marissa (12), Faith (9) and my 3 miracle babies below.