November 18 2016


Dar a Luz hosted an In-service, in collaboration with the Department of Gynecologists and the main national medical school, for over 250 5th & 6th year students and intern doctors. Silvia opened the day with a presentation focused on respectful maternal care and human rights during childbirth. The presentation was based on the recommendations that come from the World Health Organization for human rights in labour and delivery. Her message was reinforced with many exercises the students and interns took part in. These exercises aimed to bring awareness and conscientiousness to how a woman in labour is impacted by factors such as a lack of communication and advice between staff and patient, lack of consolation or empathy, and positions for women that are uncomfortable and in-conducive to labour.

Silvia was followed by presentations from guest speakers Dr. Rodriguez (PED), Dr. Ochoa (GNBO), Dr. Arita (GNBO) and Rachel, the head nurse from GNBO. Presentations included the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby, obstetric violence, and outdated and harmful practices during labour. Harmful practices that were discouraged were Kristeller Maneuver (fundal pressure during 2nd stage of labour), manual dilation of the cervix, episiotomies, and manual removal of blood clots post birth. At one point, Dr. Valle who is Vice Dean of the medical school asked the students to stand and take an oath. Together with Dr. Valle the students swore to practice respectful maternal care with their best conscience and awareness of the patient. The moment was very moving and we thank you Dr. Valle for asking this of the future doctors.  Dr. Arita concluded the informative In-service by reinforcing how important it is for the medical community to practice respectful maternity care and allow humanized birth.

It was a very busy morning and Dar a Luz would like to thank everyone involved with this momentous morning, especially our guest speakers who took time out of their busy day to inspire our participants. Your time and knowledge is greatly appreciated! This was the 3rd event held in the medical school as part of our El Parto Respetado y Humanizado campaign .

November 4 2016

On November 4th a small intimate group of nursing instructors participated in a seminar as part of our El Parto Respetado y Parto Humanizado campaign. It was a great morning with lots of discussion. It was wonderful to hear these woman open up about their experiences working in the hospitals here.  Silvia also demonstrated the many uses of a birthing ball in labour and many positions women can try in the vertical position to alleviate discomfort during labour. As always Dar a Luz provided some delicious snacks for everyone.

Thank you to the Medical School for providing lunch and for all those who came out and participated!


The nursing instructors, head- nurse of the maternity ward of one of the public hospitals, with Silvia and Amy (a volunteer Doula from Canada) saying Yes to respectful maternity care and human rights during childbirth!



October 28th 2016

Dar a Luz hosted a large group of gynecologist residents for a seminar as part of El Parto Respetado y Humanizado campaign. The day focused on Respectful Maternity Care. The head Gynecologist Nurse Rachel, of the biggest school hospital, supported the presentation and the cause. We were also joined by the Vice Director for the Department of Relations between the University and Society. The seminar was filled with informative presentations for respectful maternity and human rights during childbirth. We also focused on the harmful practice of fundal pressure during the second stage of labour (Kristalis Method).

Thank you to all who took time out of their day to support our campaign. 

Workshop on respectful maternity care and human rights during childbirth with nurses, Tegucigalpa

A beautiful morning in Tegucigalpa for the first day of our respectful birth workshop with the nurses of the biggest labor ward of the country! The Hospital sees up to 65 birth a day and is the biggest School Hospital of Honduras, here medical and nurse students get trained. It was great to hear their viewpoints and see how we can work together to improve the experience of childbirth for women in Honduras.

Press coverage of our national conference on respectful birth, 23rd September 2016

Below are some of the newspaper articles from the National Press following our successful conference!




National conference on respectful maternity care

On the 23rd September 2016, over 200 doctors, nurses, medical students and other hospital professionals gathered in the auditorium of the National Medical School. Experts spoke about the importance of ‘Parto Respetado’ – respectful birth, and ways in which this can be implemented clinically. Generously supported by the German Embassy and the medical board of Honduras, this was a special day for Silvia and Dar A Luz Honduras, and the culmination of months of hard work. Afterwards the National press were keen to hear from Silvia and other experts and everyone enjoyed delicious handmade cupcakes made especially for the occasion by Gicel Montoya. It was a highly successful conference as the photos show!