I had a tubal ligation in October 1999, after giving birth to my third child. My first husband and I did not get along and I did not want any more children with him. I knew, though, that I did want more children if I ever found my true love. After having my tubes tied, I felt devastated; I did not feel like a true woman. I hated that feeling. I resented that my then husband had pressured me into having the surgery, because even at that moment, after having our third child, I knew that I would not be with him forever. I took that resentment with me for the next two years.
After leaving my first husband, I found the love of my life. We both desperately wanted a child together. He had 3 sons from his first marriage, and I had two daughters and a son from my first marriage. There were times that I would cry and grieve for the child that I knew Jeff and I were destined to have, but could not. He would just hold me and say we were blessed to have each other and if God meant for us to have a baby together, we would. After much research and prayer we found Dr. Levin.
I had my reversal surgery on March 7, 2006. I went home with the renewed feeling of being a real woman, someone who could fully operate. We both thought that we would get pregnant soon. But nine months later, I was starting to get disappointed. I called Dr. Levin and he reassured me and calmed my fears. He told me to try until February and them to come back for an appointment with him to check things out. I started to make the appointment in January when I got my period, but my husband said, "let's try one more month." So we did, and that is the month that I got pregnant. I got a positive pregnancy test on March 6, 2007. Actually, I got 4 positives because my husband and I were so shocked that we almost didn't believe it was true. I went for the blood work the same day and was told by the nurse's at Dr. Levin's office that I was pregnant! I made an appointment with my OB-GYN and he did an ultrasound and the baby was in the womb! We celebrated all day. Our other children were just as excited as we were.
I gave birth to our son, Gabriel Lane on November 2, 2007. He is more than a blessing; he is a miracle, one that we marvel in every single second of every day. Gabe is almost 9 months old now, and he is so busy. He is pulling up on furniture, starting to stand alone, and getting into everything! My husband and I had decided from the time Gabe was born that we would like to try to get pregnant again, but in the summer months, because all of our children's birthdays fall consecutively. Hailee, Sept.11, Sara Oct. 5, Aaron, Oct. 14, Eli, Oct. 21, Gabe, Nov. 2, Kyle Nov. 7, and Bret Dec. 3. We thought it would be great to have an early spring birthday. I started charting my ovulation with the Cycle Watch that Dr. Levin recommended the first time around on June 13, with the start of my period. And on July 19, 2008, I GOT ANOTHER POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST! Again, 4 positives. We truly believe that Dr. Levin is a miracle worker and that he carries out God's blessing. Without Dr. Levin's expertise, we would not have Gabriel and the new baby that is in the making. I shared my story with my OB-GYN and he left the literature from Dr. Levin in his office, he said that I was a true testimonial for women who come to him with the question of tubal reversal.
ADDENDUM: April 22, 2009:
Dear Dr. Levin and Staff,
Thank you once again for making our family possible. After giving birth to our son, Gabriel in November 2007, we couldnít have been happier. Gabe was my second son and fourth child. He was my husbandís fourth son and fourth child. Then without even trying, I became pregnant with my fifth child. My husband desperately wanted a girl!! And that is exactly what we got. Izzy Shane Cooper was born on March 24, 2009, 2:48 pm, 8 lbs. 13 oz. 21 inches and perfectly healthy and beautiful! She was welcomed home by her daddy Jeff, her mommy, Tara, big sisters Hailee and Sarabeth, and big brothers Eli and Gabriel, Aaron, Kyle, and Bret! Thank you to all of you. Sending a picture of Izzy and a new one of Gabriel.
Sincerely, Tara Cooper