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Ali Spitsbergen – A Small Miracle

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Friday, December 27th, 2013

March 29, 2011 is a date Ali Spitsbergen will never forget. It is the day she gave birth to her “miracle baby,” Anna, but not before almost losing both her daughter’s life and her own. A few months before she was expected to deliver, Ali developed a very severe case of HELLP syndrome, which put her liver under severe stress and indicated she could have a stroke at any moment. She had one of the worst cases of this rare condition the medical staff had ever seen, and they didn’t think they would be able to stabilize her enough to perform an emergency c-section. Her baby’s heart was in distress, and it looked like both Ali and Anna weren’t going to make it.

Ali

Ali

Against all odds, both of them pulled through, much to the amazement of the doctors and nurses on-call that fateful night. Anna was born at twenty-nine weeks, weighing a meagre one pound and three ounces. To her amazement, the Neonatalogist who delivered Anna told her parents that this tiny baby looked her directly in the eyes when she was born, something she had never seen an infant do before. This little girl was filled with life from the beginning, and Ali says she never lost faith that everything would be okay. Still, the following months were hard, and Anna remained in intensive care for several months. She continued to amaze the medical team in charge of her care, and was even able to go home five days after her open heart surgery. She became known throughout the hospital as the “miracle baby,” and almost three years later, she is still a miracle in her mother’s eyes.

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Anna, shortly after birth.

In the weeks after Ali gave birth, she returned to her job as a Pediatric Clinical Instructor at the same hospital where she had her daughter. Her husband took a break from his music career so that he could care for Anna while Ali was at the hospital, but Ali began looking for work she could do from home so she could be with her baby, and be a nurse to her as well. Through social media, she discovered the Rodan + Fields® business opportunity, and after seeking counsel from her father, an attorney and business investor, she decided this was the perfect career move.

She joined the Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant team in February of 2013, and soon was able to fully replace her nursing salary, all while staying home with her miracle baby. “I was able to work my business around putting my baby first, and giving her all the care she needed without worrying about money.” She appreciates how much time freedom the business gave her at a time in her life when she needed it most. She also looks forward to the time she will be able to have with her family in the years to come, thanks to her success as an Independent Consultant. “As a nurse I only got two weeks off for summer vacation. But this past year, my husband and I were able to take an entire summer and spend half the time with his family and half with mine. It’s important to us to put family first and make our time with them matter, and my business lets us have the freedom to do that.”

Anna will turn three years old in March, and has caught up with her peers in development. She is vibrant and full of life, and has come a very long way since March of 2011. But Ali will always remember that day as life-altering. “I realized that day more than ever before that I am here for a purpose, and there is so much I can do to help make a difference in the world and live my life as part of a greater plan.” As Anna blossomed over the past ten months, so did Ali’s Rodan + Fields business. While her initial reason for becoming an Independent Consultant was so that she could work while caring for her daughter, her motivation now includes the desire to fulfill her life’s purpose and support the causes she cares about.

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Anna, beautiful and happy at 3.

Before she became a neonatal nurse, she spent time volunteering in orphanages, and one of the things that stood out to her was how badly the children were eating. She became involved with a mission training center, which is in the process of providing orphans with fresh, sustainable food sources and teaches valuable skills like horticulture, organic food processing, and aquaponics. The center strives to not only change the quality of the food orphans have access to, but it also teaches life-long, practical skills. “Many of these kids have nowhere to go when they turn eighteen, and this gives them tools to return home with so that they can feed themselves and pass on that knowledge to other orphans.” Ali’s goal is to one day have her Rodan + Fields business fully fund the center.

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Ali and family

“I have been blessed in so many ways, and I want to share what the business opportunity has done for my family. Not only did it provide the financial stability we needed at a critical time, but also the freedom to put my baby’s needs first, and enjoy these first years with her. Our entire journey has been miraculous, and I am grateful to be able to pass on the legacy in any way I can.”

 

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14 responses to “Ali Spitsbergen – A Small Miracle”

  1. Diane says:

    What an awesome, inspirational story.
    I love your story, love Rodan and fields products
    And love the business opportunity!!! Thanks
    For sharing Ali!!!

  2. Mandy says:

    Ali you are a true inspiration!

  3. Sue Faina says:

    I am so blessed to be able to call you my friend and business partner! You are truly an incredible woman and I know that you will live out your dream in funding the orphanage! This company allows us to dream as big as we can and BIGGER. They give us the tools to succeed and to help others do the same! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story with everyone! <3

  4. Suzanne Flynn says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story !

  5. Dinah Smith says:

    Anna is truly a miracle from God! What a blessing to be able to stay home with her and still contribute financially to your family ! It’s inspiring that you’re helping children through your Rodan+ Fields business!!This company allows us the freedom to be there for our families and others as well!

  6. Gail Correa says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I had preemie twins weighing 1.5 lbs and 2.10 lbs. and when I hear of a story like yours I completely understand the complexity of your journey. May you and your family continue to be blessed! Gail Correa

  7. kay berres says:

    what an inspirational story! the awesome power of God shows through, as well as hard work & a vision! God will continue to provide as you share these wonderful products & hold on to your dream! we are so proud of you…mom & dad

  8. Joanne Meredith says:

    Amazing Story….Amazing Family!!! Ali, you are an inspiration to ALL of us!!

  9. Thank You for sharing such a wonderful story of your little miracle baby! Anna is truly a blessing! Congrats on all your success with Rodan + Fields!

  10. Lots of blessings and joy to you and your family Ali. I’m so happy to be on Team GiVe with you. Thank you for sharing your story of God’s miracles in your life!

  11. Sam says:

    What an awesome and inspirational story!

  12. God's Power says:

    I’ve been browsing online greater than three hours nowadays, yet I never discovered any fascinating article like yours. It is lovely price enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made just right content as you did, the web might be a lot more useful than ever before.

  13. Cristi Towe says:

    Hi Ali-
    Your story amazes me in so many ways!! I too developed HELLP in my 32 week of pregnancy with twins. I had been on bedrest for 10 weeks and my Dr. thought I had strep throat at 31 weeks so I think I had it then as well. There is no way to explain how horrible you feel. After a series of very alarming symptoms, I finally realized I needed to go to the hospital. By the time I got there to get my blood drawn, my platelet level was 12,000.

  14. Heather Dilworth says:

    Ali, thank you for sharing your story. What a courageous and beautiful woman you are. Your adorable Anna is a little slice of heaven. See you soon.

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