Campaign for Respectful Maternity Care

Women during birth should have the  right to receive information, equal treatment, privacy, respect, the freedom of movement, consideration and to be accompanied  with the best evidenced based practice. Every women during birth and postpartum should have access to safe and  respectful maternity care. Dar a Luz contributes to improve the conditions for birthing women…

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Labor, Birth and Postpartum Support

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…

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Midwife collaboration

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…

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Childbirth Education

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…

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Seminars and trainings for maternity care providers

Dar a Luz has developed several lectures, seminars and workshops in coordination with local institutions for hospitals, universities and nursing schools in Honduras. Therefore we have developed a strategy for getting the best long-term outcomes. Our midwives and other healthcare professional volunteers work alongside local staff, to reinforce and demonstrate good practice, clinical skills and to…

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INFORMATIVE WAITING AREAS

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…

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