Updated: Jan 26, 2019
The way Beautiful One Midwifery came to find its name, and what it means to us as we serve you.
Having the opportunity to name something implies ownership, belonging. THIS, this thing, whatever it is, I have named it and it belongs to me, to you, to us. We scour over names for our children for months and months, sometimes letting that slip into the weeks following birth as we decide just the right one for our new little person. We get a puppy and think of names that help it fit into the family. We give nicknames to special people in our lives, or even our cars. Names mean something, they connect us. So, in 2011 when I really began taking ownership of my birth business, I knew the name would be important.
“Having the opportunity to name something implies ownership, belonging.”
I didn't have to think for long about different names for this budding business, just a baby itself in need of naming and gentle ownership. It was clear, through so many avenues, that Beautiful One was going to be the crux of it all. This is how the first step of the business Beautiful One Birth Services got started. Let me take you on a quick journey why.
1. I have loved the idea of beauty, the true meaning of beauty and not the cultural definition, for many years and enjoy time spent in thinking on it. To me, there's so much beauty in these life experiences, and it all boils down to the most beautiful thing.
One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
2. There's a quote I read in Song of Solomon years ago about two lovers, and in verse 10 it states, “My beloved responded and said to me, 'Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along." I love the sweetness of that interaction, the gentleness in calling someone "my beautiful one." It's something I started calling my daughters as well when we are cuddling. The fondness and sweetness is not lost on me.
3. A worship song that was sung almost weekly at that time in my church was called "Beautiful One" and some of the lyrics are as follows:
No eye has seen no ear has heard No heart could fully know How glorious, how beautiful You are.
Beautiful one I love Beautiful one I adore Beautiful one my soul must sing.
The overwhelming praise of how beautiful, in every sense of the word, God is, reminded me of how we can rightly view Him, how He views us, and that immediate connection between parents and their baby- my beautiful one!
4. When I was in college, I was a bit obsessed with a local artist named Tristan Prettyman. In fact, I still really enjoy her and her laid back, simple style. She had a song ("Love, Love Love") that I played on repeat on-the-daily that, when putting all of this together, reminded me of how orchestrated everything really is! Who would have thought in college that I would be using some of the feelings evoked in one of her songs to help name a birth business? Picture younger me, driving down the street in a white Jetta with this blasting and me singing loudly- probably off key.
'Cause this life is a beautiful one, And though I see it coming undone. I know most definitely, That it's gonna be you, it's gonna be me. Better keep your head up, keep it on the up and up, 'Cause you've got all my love, love, love.
Awww this brought up some fun college memories! Ahhh to be young and carefree.
5. Yeah, there's still more to this story! When naming this business, I not only wanted it to evoke feeling for myself and have specific meaning that I could explain in regards to how it intertwined with my own life, I also wanted it to be made plain to anyone seeing it what I desired for those I serve. Beautiful One. My hearts desire then and now was for beautiful experiences, whatever those look like, that are filled with support, care, respect, and love. I found myself thinking about births I had seen, attended, heard about and how often I had heard them described as "a great one" or "an awesome one" or or "a powerful one" or "a ______ one." What I wanted for parents to feel after they gave birth was that their experience was "a beautiful one." Whether it went according to their plans (do they ever?!), or completely derailed, that the families I served felt empowered, surrendered, supported, fiercely loved, and greatly changed by their journey of meeting their own beautiful ones. Now that this business has transformed and matured, shifting from Beautiful One Birth Services to Beautiful One Midwifery, Inc is a sweet reminder of where we've been and where we are going.
I hope you enjoyed this little historical piece of our story. I sure enjoyed thinking back to the earliest days of conception, and looking upon this business with admiration and love now, "my how you've grown, my beautiful one!"
Lots of love,