EVERYONE COPES WITH A PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS DIFFERENTLY, AND THE DECISION TO CARRY A PREGNANCY TO TERM IS A DEEPLY PERSONAL ONE. WHILE MANY RESOURCES AND FORMS OF SUPPORT ARE AVAILABLE TO WOMEN AND FAMILIES WHO CHOOSE TO TERMINATE, WE FOUND THAT NOT NEARLY AS MUCH INFORMATION WAS ACCESSIBLE TO THOSE WANTING TO CARRY TO TERM. OUR GOAL IS TO HELP BRIDGE THIS GAP SO YOU CAN FEEL FULLY INFORMED.
Executive Director & Founder
As the Executive Director and Founder of Carrying To Term, Stephanie runs the day-to-day management of the organization and is responsible for the vision and execution of Carrying To Term’s mission as it expands across the country. She provides development of new content and resources while focusing on partnering with physicians offices and pregnancy resource centers.
A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Stephanie graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Business Administration and spent seven years managing commercial real estate deals for two Fortune 500 companies. Stephanie has a passion for empowerment programs; for years she volunteered as a youth mentor for organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girls on the Run. Bringing that same dedication to Carrying To Term was a natural transition for her. She is now committed full-time to equipping and empowering women and families through the non-profit.
Chief Development Officer
Andy serves as the Chief Development Officer and a member of the board of directors for Carrying To Term. He is responsible for raising funds and oversees the organizational strategy of Carrying To Term to ensure the information reaches those who need it most.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Andy spent most of his youth in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He was CEO of the medical technology company VRI, which was later sold to Pamlico Capital. Andy is now Managing Partner at Lion Venture Partners, where he focuses on investing in socially-responsible service companies.
STEPHANIE & ANDY'S STORY
During a routine 12-week ultrasound, newlyweds and newly pregnant Stephanie and Andy Schoonover received news of a terminal prenatal diagnosis. It was an unfortunate fluke that would not only would take their daughter's life from theirs, but would steal a lifetime of hopes and dreams in a matter of moments. They spent the remaining six months of Stephanie’s pregnancy devoted to loving their daughter, Grace, well during the time they were given with her.
Stephanie experienced an unspeakable joy while carrying Grace but recognized there was a desperate need for a resource to support those who receive a similar prognosis as they had. While they were supported by physicians, family, and friends, Stephanie found there was a shortage of information and resources available online for those who choose to carry to term.
Stephanie’s deep appreciation for carrying Grace led her to found the non-profit, Carrying To Term. And so, Stephanie gathered a team of creative talent to build an online space that would connect and fill this gap. Carrying To Term was born with a dedication to providing support, so women and families could focus more on their unborn child rather than having to navigate their pregnancy alone.
Today Stephanie and Andy reside in Austin, Texas, where they are devoted parents to younger daughter Ava, along with Grace’s legacy, and their pup, Butler. To read more about Stephanie and Andy’s story of carrying Grace, please visit here.