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When Jenna and her husband, Mike, got married, they thought life would be perfect. Soon after the wedding they set their sights on starting a family. "Everything came exactly the way it was supposed to," Jenna says. "The jobs. The wedding. The home. And [the only] missing piece is the children."

After trying to conceive naturally, and several months on fertility drugs, Jenna was given devastating news—she would not be able to conceive children on her own. Her only option was in vitro fertilization, an expensive and often painful process. Finally, Jenna got pregnant, only to lose the baby at 11 weeks. "It was horrifying," she says. "We were supposed to hear the heartbeat, and [the doctor] just said, 'I can't find it.' So in that moment, everything that we had started to let ourselves believe again was gone."
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FROM: Thirty-Something in America
Published on January 25, 2007

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