As a website designer I have endless opportunities to share passwords with clients. New website login information, mailchimp logins, email passwords - I spend an unusual amount of time each week verifying passwords. As you know, a quality password should involve a blend of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Now, when are talking with some random customer service professional and we need to confirm a code of some kind, typically they use the NATO Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, phonetic alphabet. This means a password AR2*FDBTVX ends up sounding like this: Alfa, Romeo, Number 2, Asterix, Foxtrot, Delta, Bravo, Victor, X-ray. Sound familiar?

Here's the catch. I'm a birth junkie.

With 25+ years of complete immersion in the birth world it's kind of inevitable that when I have to clarify the letter B, my mind goes to Breastfeeding or Birth Ball instead of Bravo. V varies between vulva, vagina, and vasectomy. M is, of course, Mama. O is oxytocin. You get the picture. Literally Every Single Time I have to share a password with a client, or a random customer service representative (!) I have to consciously hold myself back when it comes to the V...

I had a delightful quick call with a client this morning to get a verification code from her. She provided me with the following insight into her quirky mind:
CQNDLHINJVFK became...
Cat, Queen, Nerd, Darling, Love, Handles, Instinct, Nerd, Joke, Virgin, Fake, Krispy Kreme...

I love it! Given the same mix of letters I probably would have gone for... Courage, Queen, Nipple, Deep, Love, Home, Intuition, Nourish, Justice, Vagina, Fontanelle, and Kind.

What would you do with CQNDLHINJVFK, fellow birth nerds?

About Sarah Juliusson

Hi there, I’m Sarah Juliusson, The Website Doula. I support your practice growth with creative website design, seasoned business guidance, and plenty of great resources to help you find your way. With 20+ years as a doula and childbirth educator, I believe in the value of your work as much as you do. >> learn more about my work as the website doula