My husband and I were both married once before we met and brought a total of three children into our marriage. We were fortunate enough to adopt each other's children and raise them as our own. However, we still wanted a child together. After two years of fertility and a HORRIBLE pregnancy we were blessed with our daughter. We were told after her birth that I would probably not be able to get pregnant again and if I did I would not be able to carry to term. We were so young and now the parents of four children so we trusted our doctors and reluctantly agreed to a tubal ligation.
I remember waking up from the surgery and screaming out. The nurses assumed I was in intense pain but really I was devastated that I could no longer have babies. I think I cried for days or maybe even weeks. I never stopped wanting more babies and was fortunate enough to adopt three different children within the years that followed our daughter's birth. We were blessed with two healthy adoptive children but lost one child days after her birth from complications of her Downs Syndrome. I was thrilled and loved my new babies very much. However, the urge to birth another child was still so strong.
I began to stare at pregnant women and wonder why they deserved to be pregnant more then I did. Why didn't I deserve to experience the miracle of life as much as other women? I was also having very intense cycle problems that were affecting my everyday life. Last April my family doctor told me that a Tubal Reversal might alleviate some of my cycle issues. I had horrible cramps, irregular cycles, and miserable mood swings. She suggested that I research a few doctors but informed me that the Tubal Ligation she had performed on me had a low chance of reversal. I spent days looking into Tubal Reversal and researched many doctors but kept coming back to Dr. Levin. I appreciated the fact that he offered after care (since I had to use his after care). I also liked the idea that he doesn't use stints and he was so honest with me in regards to my chances.
I scheduled my surgery the day I spoke with Dr.Levin. I had my surgery in June of 2006 and it was a wonderful experience and I knew right away that my dreams were about to come true. Dr. Levin came into our hotel room the day after my surgery and told me the surgery was a complete success and I had an 85% chance of conception. I was thrilled and so was my husband.
We spent the next few months trying to conceive, but after about four months I just knew something was wrong. I had a 21 day progesterone test that confirmed that I was not ovulating very well so I immediately called Dr. Levin. He put me on Clomid and I took it the following month. That month we found out our adopted two year old had a serious liver disease so we decided not to focus on trying to conceive and just leave it to God. The next month we didn't even try we just spent time together and enjoyed what we already had.
On November 30th of 2006 I was scheduled to have the pre-op blood work for a laparoscopic surgery to make sure I didn't have any endometriosis since I had a history of that. The night before we ordered cheese burgers and I could not eat them, I was pregnant! I took four tests that night and we were overjoyed. I called Dr. Levin immediately because I had been spotting for days already. He immediately called in progesterone suppositories (at 9pm at night) and we started them immediately. We had a wonderful pregnancy and found out very early that we would be having a little boy. I loved being pregnant and I can't wait to get pregnant again.
We are both so thankful that God put Dr. Levin in our path. He has truly made our dreams come true. Our little Landon is our miracle baby and we are so blessed everyday. I will never forget my journey to this point, because my journey was guided to Dr. Levin and now to our sweet baby boy.
Billy, Terri, and Landon Barnett