Hi, my name is Melinda Cornelius. On March 6, 2007 I had a tubal sterilization via Filshie clips. I had just had my 3rd child at the age of 24. I had become a young mother and wife so I decided that there were no more children in my future.
Shortly thereafter my relationship with my husband deteriorated and ended in divorce. I had always been a stay at home mom so having to support myself and 3 children proved to be very difficult. I worked as a bartender at night while going to school for an Associates Degree during the day.
During this time I became friends with the man who is now my husband. He is a little younger than I am and had no children of his own. After a few years of friendship we began dating and I quickly let him know that if he wanted biological children then I was not the person for him. He assured me that my children were now his children so that was a not an issue.
In July of 2012 we were married. I decided to go back to school for a higher degree in Nursing. It is then that I noticed myself staring at every baby that passed by me. I found myself longing for a child with my husband and it didn't help that my children were asking for a sibling!
It was around that time that we met a young single mother who had no family and was struggling with her 5 month old child. We helped her care for her baby, who is
now a member of our family, and seeing my husband and children with this baby solidified in my mind that I wanted to expand our family. After speaking with my husband about my feelings, I learned that he felt the same way.
At that very moment we started our research and found Dr. Levin and started our process. I graduated with my nursing degree May 9, 2015 and had my tubal reversal May 14, 2015. Dr. Levin and his assistant were amazing! I had some post surgery nausea and vomiting that evening so my husband emailed the Dr. And he responded within minutes, as a nurse I realize how rare that is! I followed Dr. Levin's instructions explicitly.
We were cleared to start trying at the end of June 2015. My first ovulation was July 4th and we got a positive pregnancy test on July 21, 2015. Dr. Levin ordered and followed all of my labs with in depth explanation and told me the expectations for a successful pregnancy. At 5 weeks I had an ultrasound that confirmed the fetus was in
the uterus so we celebrated and showed the sonogram to our 3 boys who were ecstatic!
On March 24, 2016 I delivered a healthy baby boy, exactly what we wanted! He weighed 7lb 9 oz and was 20 inches long. Baby Ford has completed our family and brought a happiness to us that we didn't even know we were missing.
Thank you Dr. Levin and staff!
Melinda and Chad Cornelius