After a divorce and the delivery of my third son on March 19th, 1998 I had a Pomeroy tubal ligation performed. I remember at the time feeling a little sad, but felt I had all I could handle trying to be a great mom to my children and given the problems I'd had using hormone birth control methods, felt surgery was the only reasonable course of action.
In 2001 I married the man of my dreams (don't you imagine Dr. Levin has heard those words a time or two from his patients?) From the moment he met them, Michael has been an outstanding addition to my son's lives and while it saddened both of us to not have children of our own, we knew it was not a possibility and accepted it prior to marrying. After being married a little over a year and with a great deal of reflection, Michael told me that even though he knew it was impossible, he needed to research any options for us to have a child. I agreed that we needed to find a way to try but was not optimistic and was frankly a little embarrassed at the prospect of going to a doctor and explaining that I had changed my mind.
We researched everything, spoke to a number of doctors and specialists who laid out a variety of options we didn't feel great about and finally, almost by chance, found Dr. Levin on the internet. It sounds a little corny to find a doctor on the internet, but we decided to go ahead and make the call. It was the best call we've ever made. From the moment I called to make the appointment for a phone consultation, I felt good. Dr. Levin and his staff were knowledgable and answered every question we could think of and a few we hadn't even imagined. Most of all we appreciated that Dr. Levin talked with us as real people in real terms. Michael and I looked at each other when we hung up the phone and didn't even really need to discuss it. We'd found what we'd been looking for.
The timing worked out so that we were able to have the surgery within 2-3 weeks of our phone consultation with Dr. Levin. In March 2003 we travelled to Louisville and went into the surgery with a great deal of hope and excitement. We were treated with exceptional care. Dr. Levin went above and beyond and even worked a little on my bladder when he noticed there was a problem. Unfortunately we did come out with disappointing news; I had less than 4 cm of tube on each side. He told us that he felt really good about how it all looked and we shouldn't give up hope. We should go home, heal and relax and work on making a baby. Everything about the trip was wonderful, from Dr. Levin and his nurse to the staff at the hospital and the Inn. It helped us to feel confident for the road ahead.
We had the surgery on a Thursday, returned home to Indiana on Friday and I returned to work on Monday. (I have an office job and it was manageable.) Dr. Levin was great about returning e-mails and answering questions through the healing process. At one point my husband even e-mailed him pictures of my incision because we were concerned about it healing well. (It was.) On my third cycle after the surgery we were pregnant! Again, Dr. Levin was with us through all the worries, reviewing my labwork and at one point, even talking with our family doctor during an appointment. Exactly 6 years from the date I had my tubal ligation and sharing a birthday with her older brother, our beautiful, healthy daughter, Eleanor Grace was born on March 19th, 2004.
I can't begin to tell you the joy she has brought to our lives. I just don't have words for it. Dr. Levin made something we thought was impossible happen. I'm not sure either my husband or I know how to say thank you for that kind of gift. We can, however, say with absolute certainty, it wasn't a fluke. We weren't even trying to get pregnant so were very surprised (and pleased) to find that Eleanor will be a big sister in October.
Dr. Levin, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Michael and Rachel Witt
PS: The bottom picture is Lillian Alina Witt was born 10/22/2005 at 8:24 p.m. weighing 7 lbs 13 ounces. The blessings just keep on coming!