After 7 years, 3 months and 6 days of struggling with infertility, we got our big fat positive pregnancy test! After 4.5 years of struggling with various doctors and not getting any help or answers, we were referred to Dr. Christopher Lipari by a friend. Immediately after meeting Dr. Lipari we knew we loved him and the JCRM family! We got answers, help, love and support from all we’ve encountered! Our Madison Acey was born June 2nd, 2016. Although we were taking a break from treatments, JCRM, along with lots of prayers, is the reason she is finally here! I had lost some weight to try to get my PCOS under control and after 3 years of being a patient at JCRM, we were finally pregnant! Thank you to Dr. Lipari, Dr. Paschall, Susan Baker, Brittany and our nurse Marty! Without the love and support you guys have, we would have given up hope and our dreams may have never came true!
After 2 years of trying to get pregnant, I was finally diagnosed with PCOS by my OBGYN. Along with that diagnosis I was also told that if I did get pregnant, the baby probably wouldn’t make it because of how much body fat I had. I was upset and angry. Someone mentioned to me that Dr. Lipari and the staff at JCRM might be able to help us. Our first appointment was filled with hope and excitement. Finally a doctor that wanted to help me and understood my diagnosis. After the diagnostic work and going on the HFLC diet, I lost 60 lbs and found out we had spontaneously gotten pregnant on our own. The care and love we got from Dr. Lipari and the whole staff was wonderful. We welcomed our son Lucas in 2009. In 2014, we were having troubles getting pregnant again. So back to Dr. Lipari we went. After 5 months, I was pregnant again. Our son Taylor was born in 2015. We love everyone at JCRM and know that without Dr. Lipari and the staff, we wouldn’t have our beautiful children we do today.
I just want to thank all the staff for everything you have done for me and my family. I didn’t find out until I was 32 that I had endometriosis, and at that point it was stage 4. I had already had emergency surgery for an endometrioma causing an ovarian torsion and 6 months later the endometrioma had returned. We hadn’t been trying for a baby at the time but Dr. Michael Fox was kind enough to sit with us after the surgery to explain future problems that may arise (and eventually did). 6 months of trying after that I was able to conceive my older son Jason naturally. Unfortunately once we decided for baby number 2 we didn’t have success and lost 2 with early miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy scare. With the help of the doctors on staff and fertility treatment, I just gave birth to my second boy Julian. I went from being afraid I may never have children, due to a diagnosis I never knew I had until I was older, to having 2 beautiful children. The staff at your office is so kind and understanding and I knew I was in good hands. You made a frightening time in my life, full of hope. So thank you for everything. Thank you for giving me the chance to be a mother!
Sincerely, Kimberly Fajardo
Candace Hires Photography
My husband and I went to JCRM after two failed IVF cycles at a different fertility clinic. We made the choice to switch to Dr. Fox and it has turned out to be the best choice we ever made. Dr. Fox worked diligently with us to get the answers to our infertility problem. We did 3 more IVF cycles, but no pregnancy. Each cycle we got closer and closer. Finally we got our BFP in December 2014 after our first FET in November. Unfortunately this pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage, but gave us hope at the same time. We figured out FET just might be the ticket to our success. In February 2014, we did an egg retrieval and 5 days later froze 3 perfect embryos. On March 30 2014, we transferred 2 of those embryos. On Easter morning, 6 days after the transfer, I took a home pregnancy test and got a positive!!! Of course we were excited but very guarded at the same time. Our Beta came back and it more than doubled. At 5.5 weeks pregnant, I started to bleed very heavy. I went my OBGYN and was expecting the same news we received in December. I went into the ultrasound prepared for the worst. Then on the screen I saw a flickering and the doctor said “Well there is a heartbeat!” I immediately started to cry and felt a huge weight lifted. Then she looks at me and says “ There is another heartbeat!”. I could not believe it and turned into a sobbing mess. Two heartbeats!!! At 14 weeks we found out it was a boy and a girl. How absolutely perfect! I had such an easy pregnancy and on December 1st 2015 at 38 weeks, we welcomed our son and daughter. Daylin Sylvia Hamm was born at 4:22 pm weighing 6 pounds 3 ounces at 20.75 inches long. Hulan James Hamm was born 17 minutes later at 4:39pm weighing 5 pounds 4 ounces at 18.75 inches long. They were just beautiful and we were just over the moon. I can never find the words to thank Dr. Fox and the staff at JCRM for all the did for us and getting us our miracle babies.
My husband I always knew we wanted several children. When we got married in 2006, we were convinced we wanted at least three or four. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2009 after my husband and I had been trying to conceive on our own for three years with no luck whatsoever. Nearly two years of fertility tests and treatments later, I had my beautiful twins Robert and Sophia. Fast forward another year and a half. My husband and I had recently moved to the Jacksonville area. We wanted to have another baby. We guessed at this point that we’d need help again. I was talking to some ladies I knew who had gone through fertility issues. One of them, when hearing we were looking to try one more time, suggested I see Dr. Lipari and Dr. Fox at JCRM. I am so glad we took the suggestion. My first appointment with this amazing staff at JCRM was in August 2012. I found out I was pregnant Thanksgiving 2012. I had my beautiful girl Ruth August 11, 2013. I love my family. I love my babies. Thank you JCRM for helping us have the family we always wanted!
Bayne and Bryce were born on April 11, 2009.
We went to Jacksonville Center of Reproductive Medicine after a year and a half of not getting pregnant. That was the best decision we ever made. We had our first appointment with Dr. Lipari. We did not know a lot about infertility or what could be done but Dr. Lipari took the time to educate us and together reached the best route for us to have a family. We decided in vitro was best for us.
I remember getting my big box of medical supplies, syringes, medicines, a bio hazard container. I quickly said “There’s no way I can do this” it was very overwhelming. The staff was there for me every time I had a concern, had a question and guided us every step of the way.
A few short weeks later it was egg retrieval time. We had 20 eggs! Out of those 20, we were able to fertilize 10, out of those 10 we made 5 embryos. We transferred 2 embryos. We chose to transfer 2 based on statistics and odds given to us by Dr. Lipari based on our age and health. We felt very confident with our decision and the possible outcomes. We had Bayne and Bryce 35 weeks later. We put our trust in these Dr’s and their team, we didn’t stress, we let what will be will be and could not have been more blessed. We are truly thankful for their care and knowledge and for giving us a family. Bayne and Bryce are 6 now. They are active, smart, caring, and all around amazing!
Joe & Crissy Thibodeau
I went to JCRM due to a recurrent pregnancy loss, all in the first trimester. A few of my co-workers who also had fertility issues were referring me to Dr. Fox & Dr. Lipari way back then. And I truly regret that it took me five pregnancy losses and a misdiagnosis from another fertility doctor before I decided to come to their office. I met Dr. Lipari and he diagnosed me instantly with Endometriosis due to the symptoms I had described to him when I was a teenager. He ordered some tests and found that I also had low progesterone and polyps in my uterus which, he said, were causing my miscarriages. Dr. Lipari performed a surgery to remove the polyps off of my uterus in Sept of last year. Two months after, I got pregnant again, only this one was going to stick throughout the entire pregnancy. Nine months later, I have a beautiful healthy baby boy in my arms! Had I known better, I would’ve came in earlier and saved myself from all the pain of those losses, and the time and money wasted trying to find some answers from other doctors. Ancelle J.
Pictures courtesy of : Gabriela http://gabrielabauerova.com newborn, maternity and children photography
Newly married at the age of twenty-one the decision to start a family seemed like the next natural step. Little did we know what that journey would entail. Once I was referred to JCRM for my initial diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) we were devastated. Looking back, becoming part of the JCRM family was a blessing and I now consider myself lucky to have had them with me during my journey.
Once established with all of the initial tests and bloodwork it was recommended we proceed with intrauterine insemination (IUI). After two unsuccessful attempts we were ecstatic when the next cycle was a success. That excitement quickly turned devastating when at 9 weeks there was no longer a heartbeat. After recovering from a dilation and curettage (D&C) we returned for another IUI round. Sadly, that cycle also ended with a miscarriage at 5 weeks. More bloodwork was ordered along with different medications, injections and suppositories. On our 5th IUI cycle, we were blessed with a healthy pregnancy that resulted in a beautiful baby girl.
The decision to try for a second child was difficult because we were now aware of the heartbreak that comes with trying. Keeping in mind of our ultimate goal and understanding the joy in the end outweighs the heartbreak we made the call to return to JCRM. Cautiously optimistic we jumped right back into the same cocktail of medications and procedures. After 2 failed IUI’s (one resulting in another m/c) we moved on to in vitro fertilization (IVF). Again, I was optimistic that this was going to work. Our first attempt was unsuccessful but trying to look on the bright side we focused on the fact we had 14 embryos to freeze! The next cycle was also unsuccessful followed by a cycle being cancelled the day before the scheduled transfer date due to my lining being too thin. I learned a cancelled cycle is just as heartbreaking as a failed one. Thankfully, the next transfer resulted in a positive pregnancy test. We were once again overjoyed only for that feeling to come crashing down on Christmas day.
After suffering my fourth miscarriage I was mentally and physically drained. I was on the verge of throwing in the towel and accepting the fact that our beautiful daughter would be an only child. Knowing that was not our ultimate goal and we still had frozen embryos I couldn’t give up until we had exhausted every option. We decided to take a break and enjoy a few months without the stress of infertility cycles. A few weeks after my fourth miscarriage we received the biggest surprise of our lives, a natural healthy pregnancy! To this day, I cannot explain it. The tears we shared with the staff as we all watched the perfect little heartbeat confirmed that they were just as shocked, excited and amazed as we were. Amazingly that pregnancy resulted in another beautiful little girl.
Seven years after walking through the JCRM doors we finally had our two perfect miracle babies. Our journey was long and painful but in the end the outcome is what matters and the pain eases every time I look at my babies. Dr. Lipari, Dr. Paschall, Tina S. and Katrina S. along with many other staff members have cried many tears of happiness and sorrow with us and not a day goes by without us thinking of them and being thankful for the part they played in our journey. JCRM will always have a very special place in our hearts.
Just wanted to share with you that Avery Elizabeth arrived this past Friday March 6th. 7lbs 11oz of beautiful baby. Thank you again for being so wonderful during my cycles. I will bring her by the next time I am in Jacksonville so you can meet her.
This is our little Sarah Grace. Born 1/13/12. We are now 5 months pregnant with our second child. Miracles do happen! Never give up!
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Never Stop Chasing Your Dream!
Where do I find the words to tell you about my experience at JCRM? My husband & I have been blessed beyond words with beautiful twin girls. They mean everything to us and every tear along the way was worth it. As I think back to our journey: countless negative pregnancy tests, many tears, surgeries, loss, time to heal our hearts, IVF, positives, 2 heartbeats, the love in my heart, the feeling of their little kicks, to the birth of our beautiful baby girls. I am often reminded of Dr. Lipari and his wonderful staff. He never would give up on us. He is the doctor that is more than just your doctor because he really wants this for you. I remember waking up from surgery after I suffered an ectopic pregnancy and the loss of one of my fallopian tubes and he was at my bed side. He told me the outcome of the surgery and I could truly tell he was sad for me on that day. I was devastated that we lost the baby and now my chances of pregnancy were even lower but he was still so upbeat for us and knew we would be parents one day. And that was exactly what we needed. We took a break for a couple of years and then moved forward to IVF and it was successful! If you want a doctor that will be more than just a doctor this is the place. We will always have a place in our heart for Dr. Lipari, Sabrina Smith (our nurse) and the entire staff at JCRM. I look into the faces of my girls and think of all the times we wanted to just give up and I am so thankful we didn’t. I am thankful we had not just a doctor, but a friend in Dr. Lipari that wouldn’t give up on us either. Never stop chasing your dream of becoming parents.
Michael & Erin
I would like to say thank you for your whole medical team . Thanks to you all a 4 months after I started working (I quit my treatment at the same time due to a crazy work schedule) my husband and I were able to get pregnant naturally. With out your determination to get me in the right track I wouldn’t be where I am today . My whole family would like to thank you. I am due in October!
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To Dr. Fox & All The Staff,
I just wanted to send a note to all of you to thank you for the little girl we get to cuddle today. Whenever I started the IVF process I was scared and had a lot of questions. Everyone was always there for me throughout the whole process and you all became a part of the family. The most precious moments were spent in your office looking at the first ultrasounds of our little miracle and watching her heartbeat for the first time. Moments I will not forget for the rest of my life. I am so thankful that I went to Dr. Fox as he knew exactly what type of protocol to put me on that was right for me. This was our first and only attempt and thankfully it worked.
Again, thank you all for your expertise and compassion. Because of it I will have a lifetime of memories of our little girl!
Jennifer and John McNamee
Reassuring and Kind
I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Fox and his staff! I originally had an appointment with another reproductive specialist in the area, but I felt the wait time to get an appointment was too long. Then a friend suggested I call Dr. Fox. His office was able to see me within a week, and on a Saturday! Dr. Fox was able to find out why I kept miscarrying when two other doctors could not! We were successful in becoming pregnant and going to his office for weekly ultrasounds was very reassuring everything was going well! His staff was always kind and did not mind answering my questions. Dr. Fox’s associates, Dr. Lipari and Dr. Paschall were just as kind as Dr. Fox. I was sad to have to leave the office after my first trimester! I will always be thankful for the way JCRM helped my husband and I!!
I am 38 years old, long term type 2 diabetic, along with all the accompanying expectations; obesity, hypertension, cholesterol, etc., not to mention very bad genetic lottery in regard to all of that. I decided maybe two years ago that I was going to pull it together, get my health in order, get off as many medications as possible, and have a baby. I began a low carbohydrate diet, eventually naturally migrating to grain-free, high(er) fat, whole foods based out of habit and what made sense. I got off the evilest of the drugs, beat my blood sugar into submission, and then asked my regular doctor and my gynecologist for “permission” to get pregnant, and was given the go-ahead. My OBGYN told me to try for six months and then she’d “give me some help.” I’m expecting our daughter mid-July. I have kept control of my metabolic issues, I have had no preeclampsia, I have been given no restrictions on movement or activity, and I’m still an obese 38 year old diabetic. Please don’t ever stop counseling couples about what can really work, especially when so many people feel such great frustration and depression. I know that fertility isn’t all about diet, but when so many people are brainwashed into thinking they’ve been eating healthfully and it turns out they’ve been doing exactly the opposite of what could help, it’s amazing that you are fighting this fight.
Best, G. G
Dear Dr. Fox and Lipari, I am writing you this letter as my 3 week old, Hannah, sleeps in my arms after her midnight feeding. Her breathing is deep and peaceful, and I find myself wondering of what she is dreaming as I rock her into a deep sleep. While I will never know what her dreams are made of during her first weeks of life, I can tell you that this moment, as I sit holding our most precious daughter and steal kisses of her sweet cheeks, it is what my husband and I have dreamed of for many years. It is a dream we weren’t sure would ever come true, due to my struggles with infertility. But by the grace of God and the assistance of Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine, my husband and I have been blessed with the most beautiful and perfect bundle of joy 9 months after after an ICSI procedure preformed in your office. James and I have been married for 8 years together for 10. From the moment we got engaged, we dreamed of how our love and family would grow with children. We knew we needed to wait until we were both finished with grad school before trying to get pregnant, but that didn’t stop us from having lengthy conversations about what to name our children, or what sports teams my husband would coach for our sons and our daughters.
After graduation, we planned to start trying to get pregnant. But my career took off in an unexpected direction, and we decided that I should “climb the corporate ladder” for a few years before having children. Little did we know that we would have such difficulty with conception. By the time we came to JCRM in 2011, we had tried unsuccessfully to conceive naturally, as well as with the assistance of oral fertility medications. As I’m sure is the case with many patients who come through your doors, we were worried and uncertain whether there was any hope that we could ever have a child of our own.
Our experience at JCRM was exceptional. Everyone was compassionate and sensitive to the roller coaster of emotions that go along with the fertility treatment process. And you worked your magic to determine just the right combination of medications to orchestrate the perfect conditions for me to get pregnant. On October 3rd, we had a Day 5 transfer that changed our lives forever. 9 months later, we welcomed little Hannah into the world, though we had already welcomed her into our hearts months before.
“Thank you” seems like a completely insufficient thing to say for all you have done for our family, but I would like to offer up our gratitude none the less. Thank you, Dr. Fox and Dr. Lipari, for giving my husband and I the ability to give our daughter her first bath, to stay up with her at night when she has a tummy ache; to say her bedtime prayers before she goes to sleep in her first big girl bed, to pack her lunch for her first day of school, and to watch her walk across the stage at her high school graduation. Thank you for giving us the most precious gift we will ever receive.
With Deepest Gratitude,
Willing and Available
The staff and doctors at JCRM were very friendly and willing to answer every and all questions we had. The office was willing to accomodate our requests for appointment times convenient to our schedules. The nurses were always available to answer questions in between appointments. KH
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Dr. Lipari, Dr. Fox, and all of the wonderful staff at JCRM. Everyone was so supportive of me during this journey despite the many ups and downs. While there were times I thought about giving up, the encouragement and positive attitude you and your colleagues displayed helped me keep going and now we have a beautiful baby girl. I couldn’t be more impressed with the care that I received at JCRM and have recommended your team very highly to some of my friends that are facing similar challenges. Thank you again for all that you and your team did for my family. Take care!
On The Right Path
Our experience here with the caring staff has been very great. We were going through IVF for the first time, coming in not knowing anything was very difficult but the doctors and staff answered all my questions and gave all the material I would need to make this experience nothing but memorable. The doctors got me on the right path nutritionally, physically, and emotionally. They are the best I could ever ask for and if I could do it all again I would not change a thing! – CS
Supportive and encouraging
We had a very positive experience! All the staff was very supportive and encouraging during our long journey to becoming parents. We would recommend them to anyone dealing with fertility issues. -Kimberly
My husband and I have been married for 9 years and without children after many years of unsuccessful attempts on our own. Our decision to choose JCRM with Dr. Christopher Lipari was the best decision we ever made. Dr. Lipari is compassionate, understanding and very optimistic with his patients. After multiple disappointments over the last year and a half, Dr. Lipari remained very optimistic when I was ready to give up. After a very successful first-time IVF cycle, I am now pregnant with twins and could not express the gratitude I feel for Dr. Lipari and his staff along with the help of Dr. Fox. The staff has been wonderful as well and I can not wait to return in the Summer of 2012 to show off the product of Dr. Fox and Dr. Lipari’s “awesomeness.”
Thank you, Rebecca Chiaverini
I had a long journey to motherhood. Though they were not all successes, the end result was worth the journey. The staff at JCRM cried, laughed, and screamed for joy with me. They are both caring and professional. Dr. Fox is an exceptional physician. You’re never made to feel like there is no hope. Thank you staff at JCRM! MK
Dear Caring Staff of JCRM, After our many years of trying to have a baby, I swore I would send pictures of my baby if we were ever blessed with one of our own. I always loved the baby picture boards at your office and sincerely hoped my baby would one day be on that board. My husband and I won the IVF cycle you all raffled off in May 2010. Thanks to your practice, we got pregnant, and our baby girl was born on Thursday, September 29 @ 3:55am. She was 7lbs, 14oz and 19 3/4″ long. We cannot thank you enough for all you did for us and for helping to fulfill our dream of having a child.
Heather & Jason
I had a great experience here at JCRM. We came and did everything that was supposed to be done. On the first try we were successful! I want to thank everyone, especially Dr. Michael Fox and Nurse Practitioner Angela Stalvey, for a job well done! Thanks, Sheronda Rogers
TLC at JCRM
I believe the care and time the staff at JCRM gave me made me able to carry a healthy pregnancy. After three miscarriages, it is hard to believe one would “take”. I give full credit to the TLC I received here at JCRM for this very positive outcome! CC
Dignity and Respect
The experience at JCRM was exceptional. The staff and physicians treated my husband and I very well. We personally had Dr. Lipari who was extremely knowledgable and helped us to achieve the results we were looking for. I would highly recommend this facility for any woman experiencing fertility issues. They treat patients with the upmost dignity and respect. CP
I am so thankful my OB/GYN referred me to Dr. Lipari and his team. I have never been to a specialist before, let alone a fertility specialist and I have to be honest and say I was not looking forward to the experience. Now I can honestly say that I am so thankful that Dr. Lipari and his staff became a part of my life. Everybody in the office is friendly and helpful, I never dreaded “going to the Dr’s office”. All of my questions were always answered patiently and respectfully. I was a patient for 2½ years and during that time I had multiple procedures, tests, etc. I had the opportunity to meet and work with multiple areas of the practice and without exception I always felt that they were just as vested in my success as I was and I always felt like a priority while I was in their office. When you find yourself on this life journey there is nothing more reassuring than to feel you are a part of an experienced team with a common goal. I will always be thankful that I found my way to this team of professionals who held me when I needed to cry and made me laugh when I needed it most. In 5 weeks I will meet my little girl because of this awesome group of men and women, and all of them will always have a special place in my heart. DB
I am writing to say how pleased I am with the services from Dr. Lipari and the wonderful staff at JCRM! I have been successful at achieving a pregnancy and am excited to let you know we are having twins – a boy and a girl! I have recommended JCRM to a lot of people who are going through fertility issues. I am very satisfied with the treatment I got from the staff, doctors and everyone! I was treated like a human and not a dollar sign! I am truly grateful for JCRM and the warm, caring and friendly atmosphere your office has! You guys went through the ups and downs with me and showed genuine concern! As soon as the twins are born I will be sending pictures of them to you so you can add them to your wall of babies! I thank God for helping me find your office and for you guys being so compassionate about the services you provide! Thank you again! – Erika
Thank You for Our Baby!
Thank you so much for our baby! I was very broken when I came to you. Learning about Insulin Resistance healed my body and finally having a successful pregnancy healed my spirit. Your staff is wonderful and they always made me feel like an individual and not just a number. Thanks again, Elizabeth
Omar and Andrew Our Miracle Babies
My name is Brenda Hernandez, I have always had trouble with my cycles since I was 20 yrs old. In 2006, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, ITP (immunothrombocytopenia) and well we just thought it was these two issues that was keeping us from conceiving until the JCRM team discovered I had PCOS. Dr. Lipari and his team, were very positive about still being able to conceive and of course had no doubt in their minds about it. I really admired that about the team.
My husband and I are so very overwhelmed with joy to have not one but two beautiful healthy boys. We didn’t plan on having more than one baby at a time, our goal was to have one healthy baby but we were blessed with two angels. Omar and Andrew our miracle babies, we are so thankful to have had healthy twin boys!!! Dr. Lipari and his team are the best, without them to assist us with my infertility we wouldn’t have had my boys. Thanks again for all your help…love your team!
Mr. & Mrs Robert & Brenda Hernandez
Dr. Fox Saved My Life
My story begins like many, I assume. I have been overweight my entire life; I never ate large quantities of food, just the wrong kinds of food. I also had irregular periods ever since my menstrual cycle began and was diagnosed as having polycystic ovarian syndrome but was never offered any treatment options other than birth control pills. My journey with Dr. Fox began when my husband and I tried, unsuccessfully, to have our second child. Even though I worked in the medical field, my knowledge of my illness was minimal and I know the OBGYN treating me also did not fully understand the magnitude of PCOS and never offered me a referral to a specialist. My sister works at Memorial and knew Gary Gregory; she gave me his phone number and, after a call to him, I made my first appointment with Dr. Fox almost 10 years ago now. I weighed around 225 pounds at that time and was on three different blood pressure medications, had swelling in my legs, little energy and NO self esteem. One of the things I remembered most about my initial visit to Dr. Fox was his compassion. He took time to talk to me in detail and at length about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and insulin resistance. I had always felt being overweight was my fault, but he made me understand that while PCOS is something I cannot control, I could control what it was doing to my body. It has not been an easy road, there were days when I fell off the wagon and ate things I shouldn’t, but even then, I would get back on track the next day. I remember Dr. Fox telling me at one visit, if you are going to eat a slice of cake, you may as well eat the entire thing because your insulin levels will be raised no matter how much you eat. But then he said it is OK to have a slice of cake on your birthday or even every once in a while but then get right back on track. That made me feel good, I knew I was not going to be perfect but at least I didn’t need to feel like a failure when I ate something I shouldn’t have. Dr. Fox literally saved my life. I have lost almost 90 pounds and have maintained my weight for the last two years. I’m not at the end of the road yet, but I am getting there. People still cannot believe that I have not had weight loss surgery. I cannot tell you how many people I have given the PCOS diet recommendation sheets to, and I have referred two people to Dr. Fox who also have PCOS, one of which is a success story. Dr. Fox and his team have been wonderful through it all; Susan Baker makes me feel like a million bucks every time I am there, talk about a self-esteem booster! Thank you Dr. Fox and your staff for giving me my life back. I have more energy than I have ever had, but most of all, I like myself again!
Everyone’s Journey is Unique
If you saw me today you would see me with my 6 month old twins Ethan and Ella. If you were anything like I was you would not give much thought about what it might have taken me to get here. You instead smile with internal pain and think “when or will I ever know what that feels like?” However, if you happen to stop me you would find that it took one miscarriage and two full term pregnancy to get here. My son was born May 1, 2006. I never thought I would have to say hello and good bye to him all in the same week. My husband and I both carry a rare metabolic acidosis disorder, this is recessive trait. That means that we have a 75% chance of having a healthy baby. We were told that we had a higher chance of winning the lottery after my son passed away than this happening again. My husband and I tried again as soon as we were able and I miscarried. Then with another okay by our doctor we started trying again. My daughter was born October 20, 2007. We had her in our room for hours before we got the news she was not going to be with us for much longer. I can honestly say that everyone on that floor heard me cry. I never knew such pain existed. How could this happen again…I was in complete shock. I could not believe I was going to hold my second baby in my arms as she went to heaven to be with her big brother. I was left feeling hopeless and I could not imagine my life without children. The thought of never being called “Mommy,” was inconceivable. I was determined to keep trying until I no longer financially, emotionally, and physically could. It was not long after that I made our first appointment to see a fertility specialist. After talking with some of the other patients at several of our doctor’s appointments it was then that I realized that I was not in this alone. It was as if I had stepped into a whole new dimension that I did not even know existed. Everyone’s journey was unique and extraordinarily different but each couple had the same desire to start a family. Even though I had gone through so much, I could not help to feel so blessed and I truly did. I did not have a problem getting pregnant and I got to experience what it felt like to carry a baby in my belly and hold one in my arms. Jace and Taylor had taught me more in thier brief life than most do in thier long and full life. Jace and Taylor gave me strength as well as all the unfortunate stories I heard from other couples. I realized that I should be thankful because things could always be worse.
After several test by our geneticist and the fertility specialist we decided to do IUI, thinking that I would get pregnant right away. Five IUI’s later my husband and I decided to change doctors. We realized that with the higher percentages of what IVF would give us; this is what we needed to do. We knew before making that big of a financial decision we wanted to make sure we did it with the fertility office that was best for us. I felt like we were gambling, we were hoping it would work in the first try because financially it was all we could do at that time. I did everything the doctors recommended from my diet, yoga, and acupuncture. My experience with IVF was wonderful. With an incredible fertility group by my side I stayed positive and focused by truly believing it was going to work. Thirty-four weeks after my first IVF I gave birth to Ethan and Ella on October 4, 2009. My husband and I feel truly blessed. Ella Marie Lawrence & Ethan Michael Lawrence In Loving memory of Jace Michael Lawrence and Taylor Marie Lawrence, thank you for being apart of making me the person and “mommy” I am today.
Super Nice Staff
We met 7 years ago in the laundry room at our apartment complex and married a year later. It became a dream of ours to have a baby but we eventually gave up and put the dream in a drawer where it stayed for a long time. We decided to find a doctor who could help us and went to see a fertility doctor. This doctor was not the one for us as we never felt comfortable with him so we decided to put away the dream once more. After meeting Dr. Fox’s babysitter, we realized that God had a plan for us and we decided to try one more time. From the first time we came to JCRM, we found a warm attitude and good people there. The staff made us feel so comfortable and we knew that they wanted to help us fulfill our dream of having a baby and were not just about the money. We knew we had a better chance of having our dream come true because of the warm way we felt in the office. The way JCRM treats patients makes them believe and trust that they can become pregnant. Thank you for everything you have done to help our dream come true. We are so excited to meet our little girl who is due in late August.
Now We Are 4
Thanks to the wonderful staff at JCRM
Thank You Dr. Fox
I would like to thank Dr. Fox. When I saw him in November of 2007, about infertility I weighed close to 220 pounds, although my highest weight had been 235 pounds. I had metabolic syndrome, and PCOS. Dr. Fox told me bluntly that he could help me have a baby, but I would not live to see it graduate from high school. I have severe refractory Crohn’s disease, and am already very aware of my mortality. What he said was harsh, and as I left your practice, I called my husband in tears telling him what Dr. Fox said. Shortly thereafter, I enrolled in a clinical trial (then another) for Crohn’s disease, and I have not seen Dr. Fox again, because clinical research subjects are not allowed to be pregnant. So, what he doesn’t know, is while I didn’t want to hear what he said, it inspired me to mend my lifestyle. I now only eat whole food, and lost a little over 100 pounds from the 235. I have kept off the weight for over a year. Other doctors have told me in more gentle ways to lose weight and take better care of myself, but I don’t know that I would have responded to anything other than Dr. Fox’s blunt communication. I am now beginning my second trimester and even with Crohn’s my baby looks perfect so far. I don’t think that would have been possible without Dr. Fox inspiring me to do the tough work to become as healthy as possible, and I am very grateful. Thank you again, DB
Great Experience at JCRM
We have nothing but the best things to say about our care and experience at the Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine. Everyone that helped us to conceive Joshua, Emma, and Benjamin went above and beyond to make sure that we were comfortable and secure in our choices every step of the way. The staff was friendly and supportive. We were treated like family instead of just another number. We would HIGHLY recommend the Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine! Adam and Kate Feldman
Joshua, Emma, and Benjamin Feldman born October 2004
Conduit to Successful Pregnancy
We wanted to send a letter to thank you for being the conduit for our successful pregnancy in April of 2007. After three unsuccessful IUI’s and one unsuccessful IVF, we took a much needed break to give our bodies and minds a rest. All your work to determine the whys to our infertility, coupled with honestly paying attention to our individual needs, was what we needed to get to get the right circumstances in place and have a successful second IVF. Your polite yet informative “bedside manner” was very much appreciated during our journey as well. Our baby boy decided to enter the world at 5:13 am. He was cyanotic during the first hour of his life and had to be transported from Baptist South to the amazing NICU at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Being born three weeks early, he had a few issues transitioning from the womb to the real world. He was released after five days and our lives have not been the same since. We are overwhelmed with love and awe, as everyday with him is a precious gift that we never intend on taking for granted. We would like to return to your office sometime this year to discuss having a second child. Without your dedication to our desire to become parents, we wouldn’t have our baby in our lives right now and for that we are truly greatful. Although we aren’t going to share his name, we chose it for the meaning “God is Gracious” as he is our little gift from heaven with a splash of science to assist.
A Poem For You
I was on Glucaphage, Parladel, a hormone patch, too. There were shots to take, blood to give and ultrasounds to do. With a co-pay here and a co-pay there my bank account had become quite bare. You said I was hyperstimulated, but not to worry, unless my ovary ruptures, then go to the hospital in a hurry! I wondered what I did before this baby came to be, then I remembered I spent most my time driving to university. And let me tell you what was really scary, the day Matt had to go and see Gary. All of these things became very worthwhile every time I look at my son’s face and see his sweet smile. Thanks for all you do, it’s a real labor of love, you helped me get my son, a gift from heaven above. Now my family is complete with sweet baby Jack but I’m sure that one day I will be back.
Love, Jennilyn McMullin
Achieving Our Dream
Dr. Fox & The Entire Staff of JCRM,
Thank you so much for helping our dream of having a child come true. We truly believe that God used you to make it happen. Everyone is so friendly and we appreciate everything you did. We have already recommended you to several friends and family members who are also struggling to become pregnant.
Paul and Kristine Wolfe
Greetings From a Rainy Holland, Round Two
“Of course we want to tell our success story to others”
WW & PW
My Sincerest Thanks
“An official announcement sent with my sincerest thanks. You guys are wonderful and you really did make my life more fulfilling. Forever grateful.” —Diana and Douglas
We Are So Blessed
“Thank you all for taking care of us and helping complete our family. James (the oldest) says, “we have a lot of family.” They are great babies. We are so blessed. Thank you again.” —Bo and Deborah
God’s Gracious Gift
“We named our baby girl, Mia Ohanna Hancock-Williams. Ohanna means “God’s gracious gift.” That’s exactly what she is to us!” —Thomas Williams & Liberty Hancock
All God’s Grace in One Little Face
Beautiful Baby Girl
“Approximately a year ago, I became your patient with infertility needs. This past October my husband and I were blessed with this beautiful baby girl. Working with you and your staff was so appreciated as you seem to have a genuine concern for your patients. Thank you for your kindness, dedication, and professionalism!”
Thank You From The Bottom of Our Hearts
“We are so thankful that we were able to have a precious daughter because of you and your wonderful staff. She will be turning one year old the day after Christmas. She is the light of our lives and the apple of our eyes. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” —Tommy and Rhonda Norton
Not One But Two Miracles
I don’t know if I could ever thank you all enough for the amazing treatment we received at JCRM. After trying for a long five years, with no luck, we were given your information to see if we you all could be of help. Contacting your office was the best decision I have ever made. I knew from my first appointment with Dr. Christopher Lipari that I was in the right place. Little did I know that it would be the most hurtful, yet amazing, time of my life. It took three rounds of fertility medication before I became pregnant with my son. It was the longest three months I have ever experienced. Between the testing, ultrasounds and the dreadful two week wait to find if we were pregnant or not took a toll on me. Especially waiting just to find out that it didn’t work this time. After many tears and prayers and tons of encouragement from the staff we received the best news ever at the end of our third month cycle. (“Your results came back… and… congratulations your pregnant!) Wait…what?!?!… (half asleep from all the blood work and worried that I was going to be told again that it didn’t happen his time) I’m pregnant?! Are you sure, I asked. Like for real.. I am pregnant?!?! She replied with , “Yes ma’am, for real, you are pregnant!” I couldn’t believe it! I was in total shock. So much that I didn’t fully grasp the fact that I was pregnant until after around thee months. I literally could not believe that I had this little baby growing inside me. On May 25th, 2011 we welcomed our beautiful baby boy Jadon Kruise Villarreal. It was the happiest time of my life! My husband is military and we were getting orders to Hawaii and decided to give it another try before we moved. After only one round of fertility medication we were blessed once again! At 7 weeks pregnant we moved to Hawaii. On June 12th, 2013 I gave birth to our beautiful daughter Lilah Elise Villarreal. Once again, I truly can not thank you all enough for helping fulfill one of my utmost desires, to be a mommy. I am forever grateful for all the beautiful smiling faces that greeted me each time I entered the office to all the wonderful encouragement and confidence you expressed. We have been blessed and are blessed to know such a wonderful team. Thank you!