In October 2004, at the young age of 22 and three months after giving birth to my last child, I had my tubes tied. It was a decision I came to regret but not until years later.
As most of Dr. Levin's patients, I made the decision to have a tubal after having my 3rd child with my former husband. We had been blessed with two beautiful girls and one handsome boy. Our family was complete and we wanted to keep it that way. However, life took an unexpected turn about two years later. I found myself a single mother of three, struggling to make ends meet, and extremely grateful I had my tubal when I did. I became content with the thought of being single forever and devoted the rest of my life to my children.
In 2008, God re-introduced me to my former childhood friend and my future soul mate. He was a breath of fresh air and my children and family embraced him quickly. I, however, was more weary of any potential relationships especially since he had no children of his own and I could not offer any either. Nonetheless, he loved me immensely and didn't allow this to keep us apart and in 2011 we were married.
At this time I worked along side another woman who, I found out, had been in my same situation but now pregnant! She began sharing her good news of how a wonderful physician named Dr. Levin had aided her and her husband in bringing them a little of bundle of joy when she no longer thought it was possible. She told me how easy the online process was and how great they were treated on their trip for surgery. Everything from the initial scheduled cab ride to hotel, the treatment at the hospital,
to the post op hotel room visit the day after surgery. It was amazing to hear that my husband and I could one day bring a baby of ours into this world.
I hurried to a computer and went on Dr. Levin's website and was astonished to see how many other women had been helped. When my husband arrived home from work that night, I quickly told him about Dr. Levin, my pregnant co-worker, and the website. We both researched it together and agreed to take a chance and go for it. I wasn't getting any younger and neither were my eggs! LOL
On August 13, 2012, Dr. Levin performed a tubal reversal on me. It was a surreal feeling to be fertile again and to think my uterus was back in the baby business. Per Dr. Levin's instructions, we waited eight weeks to begin trying. In November 2012, I had a positive pregnancy test and were ecstatic. I was so proud of my reproductive system and began planning the arrival of our new baby. I chose not to have Dr. Levin follow me through my first trimester and hurried to my OB's office to hear/see that long-awaited heartbeat which would make my pregnancy much more real. Unfortunately, all the joy was quickly replaced by grief and disappointment when at 9wks pregnant, I began spotting. My OB informed me some spotting was normal but my gut instinct told me otherwise. I scheduled an appointment to see my OB the next morning and my worst nightmare was confirmed: my angel was gone. No rhyme or reason could explain it. I had never experienced a miscarriage and nothing could've prepared me for the range of emotions I felt afterwards. Thankfully, my husband, family, and friends were there to pick me up and after three months and Dr. Levin's ok, we decided to try again.
In April 2013, I had another positive pregnancy test. This time, I vowed to ensure Dr. Levin would follow me during my 1st trimester as he had recommended. He immediately sent to have labs done. About four hours after my labs were drawn I received a call from Dr. Levin. He had just received my results and informed me my progesterone levels were low. He prescribed me hormones and by that evening I was taking my 1st dose. I
couldn't help but wonder if this was the reason I miscarried previously but was happy and optimistic that things would be different this time around. This baby was going to be OK!
On December 21, 2013, after being two days overdue and 12hrs of labor, I gave birth to my 4th child, a health baby girl: Natalia Chapa. She weighed a whopping 9.12lbs! Dad and I couldn't be happier and more grateful for Dr. Levin and his staff. God has blessed him with such a great talent and we cannot thank him enough.
Thank you, Dr. Levin. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Norma and Noel Chapa
Red Oak, Texas