Why “Honeybee”?

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What’s in a name?

Honeybees are an integral part of the world around us. This busy little pollinator is a vital link in our food chain, directly responsible for the much of the produce we enjoy around our tables. Honeybees directly benefit our well-being and even our survival. But how often do we really think about honeybees? Would you recognize a honeybee?

My inspiration for birth work was actually set in motion by a honeybee. Not the pollinator, but a different kind.

bee fact - working togetherWe have all heard that “experience is a great teacher.” While it is true that we all learn in a variety of ways and from many sources, firsthand experience gives a perspective that is unique. Personal experience is a new view of a topic that, when it is added, informs us in ways that we have likely never considered before.

You can read a book about hunger or watch a documentary. You can talk to someone about how they felt when they were hungry. But when you begin to fast, you learn something new about hunger from a personal perspective.

It was after the birth of my first daughter, Melissa, that I understood birth in a different way. Oh, I had taken classes, read books, and talked to other moms. But this was different. I was different. Being a parent was different. Lots of things changed, including me, and it all started there.

As time passed, I began teaching childbirth classes, demonstrating effacement and dilation by pulling a turtleneck sweater over baby Melissa’s head as she sat in my lap. Our family grew with the births of two more beautiful daughters. Melissa was there to witness Rebekah’s birth (as if there were any place else she should be), and when Stacey came, she knew just where to lean into mom’s back and claimed “cord cutting rights” for her efforts.

Big sister meets new little (2)
My third daughter, Stacey’s, birth. Attended by Joan, my midwife, and my own “honeybee doula”, her older sister, Melissa.

And guess what? The name Melissa comes from the Greek word μέλισσα (mélissa), “bee”, which in turn comes from μέλι (meli), “honey.”

Melissa was my honeybee – she set it all in motion. Yes, indeed, experience is a great teacher!

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“Cindy was not only very helpful in supporting the patient’s needs but also supportive of the healthcare provider’s requirements due to policy and protocol. Compromise was key in providing safe care to Mom and babe.” —Lisa, RN