Motherhood found Emerald Bentley in September of 2015. A military spouse, she and her husband had looked forward to the day that they would finally begin their little family.
“My journey through pregnancy was filled with research, education, and support from my family, husband, and birth doulas. I was able to experience the birth I desired and was blessed with a beautiful baby girl,” Bentley said. “As I muddled through those early days of caring for a newborn, I realized how important a strong support system was. Whether it is was emotional support, breastfeeding support, or just a helping hand, each played an instrumental role in my survival during that time.”