My story starts out like so many other of Dr. Levin's patients. I married young, 17 years old, to my high school sweetheart and we had 3 children in 13 years. I knew that my marriage had many problems, so I had my tubes tied to avoid having another child in my unhappy marriage after my 3rd child was born. When I hit the age of 30, I realized that life was way too short to be unhappy. I divorced my husband and focused on my job and children.
In 2005 I met the most wonderful man I could imagine. We had everything in common and we clicked instantly. We became engaged within 2 months and married a year later. We both came to the marriage with 3 children each ranging from 3 years to 16 years old. The kids got along great with each other and supported our relationship. Even with our perfect relationship, I never thought about reversing my tubes and having another child. My husband really wanted to have a child together and asked me periodically. After some thinking about it, I agreed that it would be wonderful to have a child together, as long as our children were ok with it. We sat down with our children and explained to them what we were planning to do, and asked if they were supportive of the surgery and possibly a new baby. To my surprise, all the kids were very supportive! After the kids agreed, we went full force to save the money for the surgery and booked the surgery several months later.
We flew to Kentucky from Illinois on Easter afternoon. My surgery was April 9th, 2007. The whole surgery staff and Dr. Levin, along with Venica was great!! They were so sweet and answered all our questions. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect experience in Kentucky. I thought I would be more sore, but I felt great. I went back to work after 2 weeks. Dr. Levin asked that we wait to try for our baby for 6 weeks because one of my tubes was friable.
I was nervous that since my tubes were tied almost ten years earlier that it would take a long time, if ever, to be successful having a baby. To my surprise, I had a positive pregnancy test on July 23rd!! Dr. Levin and my OB doctor were great at following my lab values to make sure the pregnancy was not in the tube. I couldn't have written a better script for how well the pregnany went!! I felt great throughout the whole pregnany, minus a couple of days of minor nausea. The pregnancy went smooth until 35 weeks gestation, when I had to go on bedrest because I was dilated 3 cm. I work with my OB doctor and I think he was a little extra cautious with me. When I was 37 weeks, at my doctor appointment, the baby's heart rate dipped down when they checked it on the doppler. The doctor sent me to the hospital for some testing to check on the baby's status. On the fetal monitor, the baby was showing signs of some distress, so I was induced.
I called my husband at work and told him to get to the hospital since our baby was going to be born that day. I was induced at 1:30 PM and my husband got there shortly after that. I was very comfortable until 3:30 PM, when the contractions got more intense. My son, Layne Allen Byers, was born at 5:49 PM! He had a tight cord around the neck causing the heart rate to dip, but he did beautifully! He weighed 6-13 and was 20 1/2 inches long. Layne has several older sisters and 1 older brother that have welcomed him with open arms! They dote on him every minute and argue over who's turn it is to hold him.
I am so thankful to Dr. Levin for all he has done to make this dream come true!! I can't imagine my life without our new addition!!!
Karen and Todd Byers