Thanks to Anna, Sheila, Nadine and Maria!

Sheila Reynoso

Sheila Reynoso, health care educator and a wonderful doula

by Carmen Wiebe

Many thanks to Anna and Sheila!  Sheila was able to volunteer with Dar a Luz for 5 days, during which she really made a difference in the hospital by providing support for many women.

Also Sheila and Anna assisted with a childbirth education workshop.  Sheila helped to create a good, warm and welcoming atmosphere, and Anna took part in teaching the workshop.

Anna collaborated with Dar a Luz for two weeks. She also spent Christmas Eve ate the hospital to be a wonderful doula for a lot of women. Anna  brought many donations for the project, including much needed gloves, blood pressure cuffs, and other needed supplies. Thanks to Sheila and Anna for being such wonderful doulas and for all the work you are doing!

Thank you  to Maria Charbula and Nadine Hartl very much for their time and contributions.  Maria and Nadine are midwifery students from Austria, they came in the beginning of January and spent 5 weeks with Dar a Luz Honduras. Mainly Maria and Nadine volunteered in the hospital by assisting the women during their labour, delivery and afterwards by showing them compassion, employing a variety of comfort measures. They also cared for babies in the Neonatal Unit.  Maria and Nadine participated in many other Dar a Luz initiatives such as a childbirth education workshop in La Ceiba, and a meeting with traditional midwives in a remote mountain village.  Maria graciously donated her sewing skills, and Nadine her time, to make curtains from the materials bought by Dar a Luz for the hospital in Tela.  There often six or more women labor together in one room, so these curtains will provide some privacy.

Maria and Nadine have been wonderful help with their positivity, skills, and knowledge.  We truly appreciate everything they have done.

Nadine Hartl

  Nadine Hartl, midwife student from Austria, she provided wonderful support to the women in the hospital.



Maria Chabula, giving some care and love to a baby in the neonatla ward. She alos supported in a wonderful way many women during childbirth.



Empower Miwifery

by Carmen Wiebe

In January 2014 Rhonda and Oceana, Nadine, Maria and Silvia and Julian were driven by Alberto on a very bumpy and narrow road, through a rising river to Yarruca, a village in the mountains near La Ceiba.  There, Rhonda led the workshop for the local midwives in the healthcare center.  Rhonda renewed the midwives’ knowledge of the birth process and taught about the anatomy of birth. She also demostrated how to feel the position of the baby using Leopold’s Maneuvers. This knowledge will help the midwives anticipate potential birth emergencies and allow them to take action to save lives. Essential information about delayed cord cutting, skin to skin contact and placing the baby on the mother’s belly directly after birth was an important part of this workshop.  The traditional midwives shared their knowledge of pregnancy massage, and the workshop honoured their time and experience.  Dar a Luz provided healthy snacks and lunch for everyone.

We are so happy to see that among the older midwives, 4 new young midwives have taken up the practice.  This is necessary to keep midwifery strong in the remote villages and to ensure the health of these communities. This also means that midwifery is becoming a more atrractive option for young women, a success for the efforts of Dar a Luz and Un Mundo, a partner organization in the mountains. Now Dar a Luz can work alongside the older midwives and with the new midwives to provide more intense training. The next workshop will be about listening to the baby’s heartbeat and using pregnancy calendars.  These communities is are in great need of pinards, fetoscopes and blood pressure cuffs, donations would be greatly appreciated.

Childbirth Education Workshop

 by Carmen Wiebe

In January 2014  again a childbirth education workshop has been conducted by Silvia at the healthcare center in La Ceiba.  Many expectant mothers attended, as well as two husbands, who were very welcomed. Most of the women who attended will give birth at Hospital Atlantida where Dar a Luz has volunteers  and works with the medical staff.

DSC04416This workshop has been developed by Silvia for the families of Honduras and so it is culturally relevant and can give the women an idea of what to expect in their local hospitals.  Some of the topics covered were: basic anatomy and the anatomy of birth, methods of managing pain through breathing, movement, and other comfort measures.  The possibility and reasoning for c-sections was also discussed.  Another aspect of this workshop was the importance of breastfeeding for both mother and baby.

The workshop was met with great response – the women and their families were engaged, appreciative, and enjoyed sharing their birth experiences with one another.


Nadine Hartl with two expectant mothers

At the end of these workshops there is a small gift for each family and a lottery is drawn for a larger prize.  Many of these gifts are made possible by generous donations.  Many thanks to everyone who has donated to Dar a Luz.

Volunteers Rhonda, Stephanie, Maria,  and Nadine assisted by creating a friendly atmosphere.  They helped hand out name tags, cloth pins, snacks and drinks provided by Dar a Luz.



Thanks to Nancy Bettis

by Anna Carson David

Nancy visited us in October, staying for a week and bring much needed donations of baby cloth, cloves, birth balls, thermometers and plenty of other things. Nancy did amazing work as a doula supporting women at the hospital Atlantida. It was wonderful to spend time with her and work alongside her here in La Ceiba. Thank you, Nancy!

Prenatal Classes at the Old Hospital Atlantida

Childbirth December 1 Childbirth Decemberby Anna Carson David

We held a wonderful prepared childbirth class this past Friday, led by Silvia with help from visiting doulas Anna and Sheila. About twenty women attended, learning about the anatomy of pregnancy and birth, comfort measures during labor and breastfeeding. Women who had already given birth were very generous in sharing their experiences, and there was lots of laughter and enthusiasm, along with juice, snacks, backrubs and tons of important information. We are so grateful to have spent the morning with these women, and for their desire to learn more about their bodies, their births and their babies!

The Sad Reality about Perineal Laceration of Fourth Degree

One day, as I was leaving the hospital, I felt that for some reason I should take another path to the entrance than I usually do. In doing so, I suddenly met a woman who was just standing there. I felt that she was in a great deal of pain. I softly put my hand on her arm and asked her what was going on. She started crying terribly. “My life is over” she cried. “I’m very, very sick”. Tears and tears kept coming. I softly asked her if she could tell me what had happened to her. “It’s since I gave birth”, she told me. “I’m handicapped now, my life is a mess”. She sighed and the tears continued.

“Oh” I thought by myself. I understood. I asked her if she had torn down there while giving birth. Continue reading