Building Relationships

by Ashleigh Menzies 

Yesterday we held our monthly mountain midwife meeting in Yarucca. Silvia invited two nurses Alma Castillo and Claudia Lozano from the public hospital in La Ceiba, which showed an interest to volunteer with the project. They led a class on measuring fundal height to assess fetal development and improve prenatal care.

Among the midwives, there is such a wealth of knowledge and it is wonderful to have a forum in which they can share this knowledge. It was a great experience to have local nurses from the public hospital working with these rural midwives, who are often undervalued.  We look forward to having them join us again and continuing to build a strong relationship between these communities.  Thank you Alma and Claudia!

 

 

 

Childbirth Education

 

Doula Ashleigh Menzies in our childbirth preperation class, where we do a little lottery to provide Moms with some baby supplies.

Doula Ashleigh Menzies in our childbirth preperation class, where we do a little lottery to provide Moms with some baby supplies.

by Ashleigh Menzies

Krista Pelvis

Doula Krista Blakelock with Childbirth Education Materials

In the La Ceiba Community Health Center, last month we give quick lessons on anatomy, breathing techniques, and breast feeding while women waite for their prenatal checkups each morning.  It has been nice to run into some of these same women in labor and delivery and witness them using the techniques we’ve shown and generally being more confident during their labor.  This is a true testament that a little information goes a long way.  This month our volunteers, Krista and Ashleigh, have been doing these daily charlas in the mornings and have reached many women.

 

Thanks to Stephanie and Kristi!

Volunteer Doula Stephanie White Giving out heart beat counters.

Volunteer Doula Stephanie White Giving out heart beat counters.

 

by Ashleigh Menzies

Kristi Macaulay, Thank you Kristi!

Kristi Macaulay, Thank you Kristi!

Dar a Luz would like to say thank you to  Stephanie White from the United States and Kristi Macaulay  from Canada.  Both of these lovely doulas volunteered at the hostpial in La Ceiba supporting women in labor. Jennifer volunteered with  us from January to March, and while she was here, she met Kristi, who was traveling through Honduras. After hearing Jennifer’s experience in the hospital, Kristi was compelled to volunteer with Dar a Luz as well.  She spent 2 weeks working tirelessly in the hospital, without speaking any Spanish. Kristi is still supporting our project by doing editing and public relations. She also sent down several donations. We appreciate all yo ur hard work, Stephanie and Kristi!

Mosquito Protection for the Women in Postpartum

Today Krista, one of our volunteers, went to the hospital to see the mosquito screen that was put in one of the big windows in the maternity unit.  We were able to find a contractor and arrange for the installation of the new screen.

At this public hospital in la Ceiba, women stay with their baby in this unit for 24 hours or more after they have given birth. There is a big grassy area outside of this unit which does not drain well after a heavy rain and many mosquitoes grow in the puddles.

Thanks to $50  from the donations raised before Krista came to Honduras we have been able to build and install this screen to protect moms and newborns from mosquito bites and desases.

Thanks to you Krista and your community for beeing so iniative and genereous!

 

Gracias a Christine, Jennifer and Aaron!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Ashleigh Menzies

Dar a Luz would like to extend a thank you to one of our recent volunteers, Christina Loeffler. Christina is our first doula from Germany and a mother of three.  Christina works a very demanding job, but still recognizes the importance of compassionate support for laboring mothers. Because of this passion, she was able to secure a month of vacation from her job and worked tirelessly in our hospital in La Ceiba, as well as traveling with other volunteers to hang curtains at the hospital in Tela.

Thank you for all your hard work Christina!

Another special thanks goes to Jennifer O’Conner and her husband Aaron.  Jennifer and Aaron helped Silvia for two weeks during the month of April while traveling throughout Central America.  Jennifer brought her skills as an experienced doula to help the mothers at the hospital in La Ceiba and Aaron joined us to help hang curtains in the hospital in Tela.  Jennifer and Aaron also held a small fundraiser via the internet while volunteering here and donated the proceeds, which helped purchase supplies for our project.

Many thanks to Jennifer and Aaron!

Thanks To Alifera Globetrotter!

by Ashleigh Menzies

This month Silvia collaborated with Alifera Globertrotter for the third time.  After spending their first week in a rural hospital in the mountains, an awesome group of 11 nurses joined us in La Ceiba. While in the Hospital Atlantida, Silvia gave a brief presentation about the advantages of placing the IVs of laboring mothers in their lower arm instead of in their wrist.  Having the IV in their wrist is very painful for many women and often the IVs don’t work properly in this position.  By placing the IV in their lower arm, the IVs function better, women are in less pain, and have more mobility during their labor. After Silvia discussed the theory, the members of Alifera Globertrotter worked alongside the nurses to practice the placement.

Alifera

We are so appreciative to the members of Alifera Globertrotter for collaborating with Dar a Luz during their week in La Ceiba!To find out more about this great organization, click here http://www.alifera.org/.

A huge THANK YOU to GynZone!

by Ashleigh Menzies

Dar a Luz would to extend a huge thank you to GynZone for their donation of educational materials to our organization!  GynZone is a company based in Denmark that produces learning modules regarding the diagnosis and repair of perineal lacerations after birth.  GynZone is lead by a team that includes gynecologists, a midwife, and a physiotherapist who have used their wealth of knowledge to create these materials.  We have started implementing lectures on the protection of the perineum, as there is a high occurrence of perineal lacerations in public hospitals, such as this case http://darlaluzhonduras.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/the-sad-reality-about-perineal-laceration/ .  Thanks to the generosity of GynZone, we hope to be able to better educate the interns in the public hospitals about the correct way to repair these serious injuries.  To learn more about this http://www.gynzone.net/home .

Installing and donating Curtains for more privacy, Hospital Tela

Installing curtain rails and donating curtains to the birth ward of the public hospital of Tela. With Christine, Jennifer, Aaron and Alberto- an amazing volunteer group. While there Christinne and Jennifer has been able to support a women, Maria Elena, in labor and get her to use the birth ball, which aswell has been donated by Dar a Luz to the unit.

It looks so beautiful now, and women get more privacy!