Dar a Luz Honduras works to increase awareness of Obstetric Violence, Respectful Maternity Care and Human Rights in Childbirth, as well as compassion for birthing women. By offering women childbirth education, doula support during childbirth and teaching medical and midwifery skills, we contribute to improving birth outcomes. We work to improve the health and quality of life of women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum through health educational programs and hands on support.
Improving the health and quality of life for women and their families in Honduras:
- Campaign for Respectful Maternity Care and Human Rights during Childbirth
- We have a program to reinforce clinical skills
- We hold seminars and trainings for healthcare providers
- We implemented the concept of doula to public hospitals and into the Honduran Health Care System
- We have a doula program
- We provide educational workshops for women, families and teenagers
- We collaborate with traditional midwives
- We have a life saving skills training program
- We organize donations of needed materials
- We host doula training
One of our main missions is to create conscience for human rights during childbirth and advocate for respectful maternity care.
The experience of childbirth affects the life of a woman, her self-esteem and her immediate bonding with the newborn. If the women experience support and love during the birth process, the relationships within families will improve and women will become more empowered. It is something that seems so simple, but the effects can last a lifetime and be passed down for generations.
Respectful maternity care is a human right that should be provided to every woman in labor and birth. Dar a Luz works to increase awareness of human rights in childbirth. For example women should have the right to recieve information, equal treatment, privacy, respect, consideration and to be treated with the best medical practices. Dar … Continue reading Campaign for Respectful Maternity Care
The public hospitals of Honduras serve predominantly poor women from both cities and remote rural areas. Often women travel many hours to give birth in these public hospitals, which are often severely underfunded. When a woman is admitted to the labor and delivery ward of the hospital, they leave all personal belongings behind and they … Continue reading Labor, Birth and Postpartum Support
Many traditional midwives still exist in Honduras. In spite of being relatively dis-empowered, they offer wonderful, compassionate and intuitive care, often in rural locations where the nearest hospital is many hours away. Midwives in Honduras learn through hands on practice and from others. They receive no formal training or recognition. Many lack practical skills needed … Continue reading Midwife collaboration
Sexual and childbirth education are nearly nonexistent in many settings throughout the country. Often pregnant women lack a basic understanding of their own sexual anatomy as well as specific information about labor and birth. At many of the hospitals there is a very high percentage of adolescent mothers, who typically have limited education and very … Continue reading Childbirth Education
Dar a Luz has developed several lectures, seminars and workshops in coordination with local institutions for hospitals, universities and nursing schools in Honduras. Various topics covered include eliminating the use of fundal pressure, avoiding episiotomy, the protection of the perineum, and compassionate care. Therefore we have developed a strategy for getting the best long-term outcomes. Our … Continue reading Seminars and trainings for maternity care providers
In the public hospitals, women are typically moved into the labor and delivery area when they are 4 centimeters dilated, their water has broken, or there is a complication. Before this, women wait outside of the labor and delivery ward in waiting areas, sometimes for very long periods of time. Many women in these rooms … Continue reading INFORMATIVE WAITING AREAS