While most people were counting down the last weeks of 2017 towards the New Year, new mom Libin Wei and proud dad Yuefei Yang have been counting down towards the birth of their daughter.

And little Karlie Yang definitely gave her parents a very special way to ring in the New Year, arriving at 12:58 a.m. on January 1, 2018 at a healthy 6.9 pounds – the first child for the couple and also the first baby to be born at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital (SRH).

“She’s a really amazing gift for us,” Libin said.

“We have been trying to have a baby since we got married in 2012, but we wanted it to happen naturally.”

Libin’s pregnancy was a big surprise for the couple. “We had been very busy doing renovations on our new house and then travelling in the U.S. when I realized my period was late.”

An appointment with her doctor and subsequent ultrasound confirmed the happy news.

Libin complimented the “very professional team” who took care of her during her pregnancy and labour.

“Both the doctors and the nurses were very good and really patient,” adds Yuefei.

“I had high blood pressure and from 30 weeks on during my pregnancy I was at the hospital regularly. I got to know many of the nurses,” Libin said with a smile.

“We had a lot of questions, especially during my labour and English is not our first language so a nurse was found who could speak to us in Mandarin,” she explains.

Libin and Yuefei also acknowledge the “excellent” care they received from her obstetrician Dr. Samuel Ko, as well as Dr. Carol Peng, who was on call and delivered her baby by Caesarean section.

“We’re really happy our daughter was delivered at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital,” Libin said.