We are often given nicknames. I’m called “Kathy Beth” for short, but in high school a schoolmate called me “Lurch.” I was never sure if it was because of the way I walked, or if I reminded him of a character in a TV show.
People sometimes form opinions of individuals based on their surname. Per my uncle, my paternal grandfather (a Macdonald) would not do business with a Campbell due to a massacre that took place in Scotland in the late 1600s!
Names matter. Before Dignity:Liberia even purchased the property for our maternity waiting home, we decided to name it “House of Hope and Dignity.” According to my dictionary, “hope” means “to long for with expectation of obtainment.” “Dignity” means “the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed.”
Many of the fistula survivors have told us about methods used by traditional tribal midwives to deliver a baby that are not only lacking dignity in their approach, but are dangerous to the health of the mother. It won’t be long before House of Hope and Dignity is providing care to expectant mothers. These women will be treated with dignity, and can anticipate having a safe delivery.