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 limited access to information about birth. Many women are not informed about both the physiological and the emotional processes of birth.

Silvia Bahr developed an educational program designed for the needs of the local Honduran community, complete with curriculum and materials. This program covers topics such as basic anatomy, the anatomy of birth, methods of managing contractions through breathing, movement, and other subjects. This program has been implemented in several sites. Volunteers with Spanish proficiency may get involved with providing this program to pregnant women and training local staff to do so as well.