My story begins with the birth of two beautiful daughters within 15 months of each other after two difficult pregnancies. I was only 23 at the time of my second daughter's birth, and although I loved being a mom, I didnít think I would want to deal with more pregnancies. Besides I felt that two children were enough and I had a step-son as well, so my husband and I made the decision to have a tubal ligation. I never really felt 100% sure about having the surgery, but thought it was for the best since most of the families I knew only had two or three children and seemed satisfied.
By two weeks post-partum I knew I had made a huge mistake. As all mothers have experienced, you forget all the negatives of pregnancy and delivery once you hold that precious baby in your arms and you know it was all worth it. As I nursed my newborn, I felt an overwhelming sense of loss and emptiness knowing that this was the last baby I would ever give birth to and nurse. I knew right then I had to try to reconcile this mistake, I didnít know how or when, but knew that I wanted more children. The feeling became more intense as my daughters grew, I remember the day I weaned the baby, the thought of never nourishing another child was so overwhelming. As I watched all the milestones pass before me at lightening speed while birthday after birthday passed I continued to mourn the mutilation of my perfectly healthy body and for what? There are so many other temporary ways to prevent pregnancy.
By the time I was 32, and my daughters were nine and ten, I felt like it was now or never. I consulted with a local doctor who basically glanced at my records, told me he sucked at the procedure and that I didnít look like a good candidate anyway. I was crushed, and felt like it just wasnít going to happen for me. However, the Lord was providentially orchestrating another plan. A good friend of mine who was carrying twins ran into a woman who had received a successful reversal with Dr. Levin. She shared her experience and confidence in him and encouraged my friend to have me get in touch with her. I did and she gave me the contact info. I researched him and found only good things to say, plus the cost of his skill and experience was less than the other doctors Iíd researched! What a blessing! I believed that he was the one if this reversal was to be.
I sent my records over and he contacted me promptly and gave me a glimmer of hope. He said my case wasnít that much different than many of the successful procedures he had performed in the past and that I looked like a good candidate to him, but he would only know the real deal once he seen what he had to work with. We decided that we would always regret not trying and to go for it. Once I had the financing in place, I scheduled my appointment. It was for the first day of summer, June 21, 2010.
My family and I went down early to spend our summer vacation in Louisville. It was a special memory with my husband and girls and the highlight was knowing that this trip was possibly going to change our family forever. The day of the surgery I was uncommonly relaxed, we sat in the lobby of the hospital together waiting my turn. Once I had my iv in place the family was able to be with me until time for the procedure during which we prayed together and enjoyed looking at the U.S. map of all of the patients Dr. Levin had helped.
Dr. Levin and his wonderful nurse arrived and chatted with us before taking me in making us all feel comfortable and that I was in good hands. Iím not sure how long the surgery lasted, but my family joined me in the recovery room soon after I awoke. I was pleased to discover that I was able to have the bikini incision which I was grateful for. We went back to the hotel together where I spent some time sick from the anesthesia and pain meds I had taken before leaving the hospital. After a couple of hours I was able to get up, tidy the room, fix myself up a bit and take the kids down to the pool! I couldnít believe how good I felt! From that day on I only had to take Advil for pain, I didnít even use the prescription pain meds.
After the six week recovery period my husband and I began trying to conceive. I tracked my ovulation and by the fourth month I had a positive pregnancy test! I was so excited and relieved that the procedure was a success! I contacted Dr. Levinís office and they ordered blood work to be performed weekly and if it wasnít for this care, I would have miscarried this child. He saw promptly that my progesterone levels were dropping and explained what it was for and why it was important to keep the levels up. He prescribed Prometrium and my levels went back up and I carried the baby, praise the Lord! Other than that, I had a relatively uneventful, healthy pregnancy. My expected due date was July 3, 2011, just two days before my youngest childís birthday.
I didnít make it that long, my little miracle baby, Justus Aaron, arrived June 20, 2011, weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz, 21Ē long. He is perfectly healthy and adorable and worth everything we went through to have him as a part of our family. I wouldnít change a thing and would do it all over again a hundred times to have him and possibly more if the Lord so choosesJ! The ironic thing about it is that we were discharged from the hospital on the anniversary of my reversal surgery.
I love how God worked this out and used Dr. Levin, his staff, friends and acquaintances to order everything so perfectly. As I sit here and gaze into the face of my newborn baby, I can hardly believe that just one year ago I was barren and now I hold such a priceless gift.
Hello, I am writing to update you on my growing family. We have a new addition to our family. Baby Owen William was born October 5, 2012. He weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 21" long. He is a blessing to our family and we are greatful that we were able to have him and his big brother, Justus, since the reversal surgery. Attached are a couple of pictures of him if you would like to add this update to my previous testimony. Thanks so much!