We are the Spinda family (John, Shanna & Stella Mae) from Murray, KY... on February 1, 2011 at 10:27am our beautiful baby girl, Stella Mae Spinda, was born at 26 weeks gestation. She weighed 12.34 oz and was 9 in long - Stella suffered from Intrauterin Growth Restriction (IUGR) which caused both her extremely small size and her being born premature. Stella spent five days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Norton/Kosair Hospital in Louisville, KY. She passed away late on February 5, 2011 from complications of her extremely small size. This blog was started when she was 23 gestational weeks old and we discovered her condition. It's original purpose was to keep family and friends updated on Stella's journey - we now hope to use this blog as a way to continue Stella's journey by honoring her memory and also as a way to support others who are struggling with infertility or have lost a pregnancy or baby.


*This page is still under construction*

Infertility - The inability to conceive after at least one year of unprotected sex. (PubMed Health)

According to the Mayo Clinic as many as 10-15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. However, when it is you sitting on the toilet, holding that negative pregnancy test, crying you feel very alone. It took John and I almost three years to get pregnant with Stella. Most OBGYNs won't begin testing couples who are having difficulty becoming pregnant until they have been having unprotected sex for at least a year. When you and your significant other have made the decision to start a family even the 40 weeks of pregnancy seem like an eternity - so frustration, anger, and sadness usually set in way before the requisite one year of "trying." By the time you have made it to the doctors office you have probably watched several of your close friends get pregnant and give birth, you have probably spent hundreds of dollars on pregnancy tests, spent several hours bickering with your significant other, and you have probably also shed thousands of tears.

Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that may prevent a pregnancy from occurring or continuing. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. These treatments significantly improve your chances of becoming pregnant.(MayoClinic.com)

In addition to providing support for Baby Loss Mommas, I would also like to provide support for women who are suffering with infertility.

If you have been trying for a few months or a few years without any success -- if you are currently undergoing fertility treatments or if you know that you are not able to ever conceive.... I'd like to hear from you!

Please email me at sspinda@gmail.com OR leave a comment on this page.
    *Tell me your story
    *Start a discussion
    *Give me some ideas of things you would like to see on this page.

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