I’ve always loved symbolism, something simple holding a greater, deeper meaning, and the circle, specifically, strikes me. It has a feeling to me, it feels whole and balanced, it feels like an embrace, inclusive. A circle is never-ending and strongly feminine, while also united with the masculine.
I chose the name Mother’s Circle when I opened my doula and birth education business in Rhode Island in 2007, I’ve been in the childbirth world for over 10 years now and as I brainstormed ideas for my business identity, I kept visualizing circles. Arms in rings, mothers encircled, generations circling, loops of children holding hands, circles of women joined by experience.
Women protect one another within the circle of friendship, a circle is sharing, opening, giving of oneself, receiving from others. It is a hug, a kiss, a hand held.
Supporting a Mom in labor, doulas and Dads may rub a Mom’s back in a circular pattern, breathing in and out is circular, the instinctive motion of a laboring Mom’s hips is circular. The opening of the cervix and the baby’s head crowning are circular as are the breast and Mom’s nipple. The new mother encircles her baby in loving arms, the newborn curls and curves into safety. I see circles everywhere.
A circle is a beginning and an end, it is the life cycle, it is birth, and death and rebirth. Birth is both a new beginning and age old. Birth connects us all to the beginning of humanity and to life for decades, centuries, millennia to come.
In the book, Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood, a circle is said to mean unity, strength, protection, infinity, spirituality, wholeness and a ring represents completion, wholeness, unity, friendship, and eternal love.
I see circles everywhere, I love being a part of, and welcoming women into, the Mother’s Circle.