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Virginia & Paul Schaer

Dear Doctor Chang,

I can’t believe it has been over a year now that we last saw you for our first embryo transfer during our funded IVF cycle in April of 2016.  We prayed and hoped at that time that our little miracle would come out of that thawed embryo, but didn’t know what would happen as is the unpredictable and tumultuous road of infertility we had come to know so well.  But you helped us down that road every step – from consultation in 2013 through 4 IUI’s, 2 miscarriages, waiting to get funded for IVF & then a successful egg retrieval and embryo transfer.  When we found out we were pregnant after that transfer, we were cautiously optimistic and I couldn’t really believe it was (finally) happening to me until I was 7 months pregnant.

Our little miracle was born to us on Monday, January 31st, 2017 at 8:15pm at night via unplanned (breech) C-Section at the Sault Area Hospital and in Sault Ste. Marie.  He was 20 inches long and 9.9oz!  We named our tiny miracle Eli Norman Peter Schaer – Eli after the priest in the story of Hannah from the Bible who prays for Hannah to conceive after many years of trying.  He had a difficult transition to life outside of the uterus and spent 4 days in the NICU.  We were both discharged the same day and Eli hasn’t stopped mesmerizing or challenging us since!

He turned 20 weeks this week… the photos I attached were taken 2 weeks ago!  I haven’t sent you a birth announcement until now as I didn’t know how to put into words our gratitude to you for walking down this road with us and changing our lives forever.  We truly wouldn’t have this family if it weren’t for your expertise, kind bedside manner, willingness to answer emails 24/7 and even call me when I was staying at a hotel in Toronto for our last IUI to tell me to de-stress and that I was freaking out about too many things!

I would recommend you to anyone struggling to have a child and I truly hope that you are blessed a thousand-fold for all of the lives you are changing and the love you are bringing into the world.We will never forget you and we can’t wait to tell Eli all about Dr. Chang in the big city of Toronto….