Andrea & Neil Marion
Baby: Liam Marion, born June 17, 2011
In 2003 I chose to have a tubal ligation after the birth of our fourth child. Each one of our children was born like clockwork, every two years. I based my decision on two parts, the challenges of motherhood, and the circumstances of my last c-section. I had three prior c-sections . My husband had recently changed jobs and my last pregnancy fell in the “pre-existing condition” category, therefore, we did not have insurance. At the time, I felt it was a wise decision.
Fast forward to 2008Ö We werenít getting any younger, so we felt we needed to make some decisions. My husband was adopted, so we always felt that this would be our “calling” at a future date. We try to be inspired people, so we prayed about it. We got a definite answer. It wasnít adoption. All of the physicians that we saw recommended IVF as our only option. The tubal ligation done in 2003 was a bilateral fimbriectomy. We went through a lot of time and money attempting IVF, having to travel great distances to the nearest fertility clinic. As a result, my body would only produce one egg at a time.
Though frustrated, I didnít give up on the idea of having another child. I was put in touch with another reversal physician on the east coast, but he passed me off to a colleague, as I wasnít a good candidate for his “statistical record”. I decided to give it one more chance. While surfing the web, I came across the www.babies-by-levin.com website. I doubtfully typed in my info and went to bed. Iíll never forget the feeling of surprise and hope that enveloped me the next evening when I received a phone call from a Dr. Levin, who had a disarmingly kind, Kentucky drawl. The fact that he called me himself and gave me an honest assessment of my case proved to me that his help was worth pursuing. He encouraged me to read the testimonials before making a decision.
We made an anniversary trip out of traveling from Idaho to Louisville. I couldnít have asked for better care or kinder service from the people at the hotel to the nurses at the Jewish Hospital. My surgery was in June and by December we had a positive pregnancy test. Dr. Levin followed my labs through the first trimester. Liam was born 7 weeks early due to complications of pre-eclampsia, but he hasnít missed a beat. He has a family of adoring fans that love him and we canít imagine our home without him.
We are thankful for a God that listens to our prayers. Thank you Dr. Levin. Yourís truly is a labor of love.
Andrea and Neil Marion