On May 23, 2011, Silvia gave a second presentation in the Nursing School of the University in Tegucigalpa (Escuela de Enfermeria). This presentation introduced the students to various relaxation techniques that are ideal for use with pregnant women during labor and delivery. She taught them about massage, stretching, deep breathing and relaxation through visual imagery. The most important aspect that was taught to them, however, is the importance of providing emotional support for laboring women. It is during this time that women are most sensitive to what is going on around them, such as sights, sounds and smells. For this reason, it is important for the students to understand the role they can play in creating a more peaceful and welcoming environment for the women.
Following her presentation, Silvia was asked to stay in Tegucigalpa for another day to visit the Hospital San Felipe. In this hospital, there are approximately 20 births per day. Upon arrival, Silvia was able to hang her educational materials in the waiting area for laboring women, which helps explain the various aspects of birth so that the women can understand what is going on within their own bodies.
After spending the day observing and working one-on-one with some of the laboring women, Silvia was asked if she could return again the next day to give a presentation about the importance of giving greater attention and support to laboring mothers. It would also coordinate with El Proyecto “Angeles”, which was providing continuing education to the medical staff there.
Upon completion of her presentation, Dar a Luz Honduras was asked to return, this time to educate the nurses in the hospital. The seminar will teach for example, about the various positions that can ease labor pains or help labor progress. In addition, it will teach them some of the core principles involved in what we would traditionally call a ‘doula’. It is important, however, to emphasize that any nurse can act as a doula by providing the emotional support that the woman needs most. The seminar will be given in late August or