I was a single mom most of my life. I had my first child c-section in 1986. I then got pregnant again in 1994 and was very depressed at having to face it alone again so I had a tubaligation. I regretted it almost immediately. I was 27 when I did this. Well time marched on and I eventually fell in love with a man that I married at 35. I sort of started doing research then secretly hoping for another chance to have another child. My husband was fine with it either way when I brought it up.
So I started reading, so many sites never told me the success rates, Dr. Levin did. So many sites never told me how much the bottom line was money wise, Dr. Levin did. So many sites seemed so vague; Dr. Levin's site spelled it all out. I didn't have the money at first. I sent for my tubal records and kept them in a safe place. A few precious years went by. I checked in with the Navy facilities, they had a service they could offer but when I spoke to the staff they didn't have very good success rates.
After reading Dr. Levin's site, and so many others I realized I might only have one shot at this. The scar tissue that could develop at a botched job could end my dream. It had been 12 years since I had been tied; I was now 38 and overweight. Overweight lessens my chances of success; many doctors I read wouldn't even do it on someone that was obese. I had a gastric bypass. I began to shed the pounds, but still a bit overweight. I still didn't have the money, but then a miracle happened, the housing market flipped in my favor and we had a huge boom of equity. I was able to get the money. I looked for the current prices that Dr. Levin offered, which was way more affordable then invetro. His full service offered a hassle free way to get this done. It included everything we needed room, hospital, testing, follow up care. So they tested my husband and after determining he was good to go they scheduled my surgery for 7-27-05.
We drove out from Virginia to Kentucky and checked into our hotel (that was included in the fees), then went over to the hospital for our pre-op stuff. Everything buzzed right along from there. I was back in my room in 24 hours or so, which is where the follow up care was provided. I preferred this since this is such an intimate thing. My husband and I slept together during recovery which was very comforting. Dr. Levin said if I didn't get pregnant in a year we would do other things, assuring me I wasn't being abandoned. I had a little ice pack and meds and drove home the following morning. It was pretty easy. There was some pain but nothing like a c-section so I was happy.
September 22, 2005, I was pregnant with baby Ann. My progesterone was low and Dr. Levin put in the script for suppositories. All in all everything continued to grow perfectly. Ann had to be taken a little early due to a car accident and was born healthy on May 22, 2006.
I can never thank Dr. Levin and his staff enough for the Miracle of Ann. Being overweight, tied for 12 years, and 38 we had a lot to contend with. Thank you for everything, now we might try for one more!
Patricia and Gary Bremer