Turning tragedy into healing
In October 2011, Blake and Stephanie Nalley found themselves experiencing the darkest day of their lives. They were expecting their first child that was due on October 31, 2011. The pregnancy itself had been pretty routine. They were excited as the day was approaching for them to meet their baby boy, and they had the house packed of baby supplies, from diapers to baby gear. The carseat had been installed for weeks, and they were eager to meet their baby boy. It was October 17, 2011, Stephanie had her routine 38 week OB appointment, and she had been feeling great. It was at 4:30 pm, October 17, 2011 that Stephanie's OB could not find her babies heart beat with the doppler. Blake and Stephanie were faced with a moment that held so many thoughts, confusion, and frustration. In one moment, their entire life was flipped upside down. The words, "I'm sorry, there's no heartbeat" forever embedded in their memories as they began a new journey.
Bentley was born the next day, October 18, 2011 weighing 6 pounds and 19 inches long. He was perfect. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck three times which lead to his stillbirth. The death of Bentley brought great sadness and deep sorrow to the Nalley's, but they knew that Bentley's life was important. They knew that his death was not their end. Hope Through Birth was formed from the darkest days of their lives. It was created to bring hope and healing to others who may walk in those same shoes. They wanted to help others feel less alone. Stephanie and Blake have become advocates for those in the community helping others navigate their "new" normal.