La Moskitia- Rural Birth Work

by Griet Vandamme

DSCN1184My name is Griet, a midwife from Belgium who spent 7 weeks working for Dar a Luz in Honduras.

I contacted Silvia whilst volunteering in another project in Guatemala. Within a month everything was arranged and I stepped out of the bus in La Ceiba, my first stop.

I am very grateful to Silvia for making it possible to do a lot of different things for Dar A Luz. I worked in a public city hospital as a doula in La Ceiba, I worked in the small mountain village Yarucca training local midwives. I also spent some time in a maternal-infant clinic and healthcare centre close to Copan Ruinás giving information to pregnant girls and women. In between I was able to explore the beautiful Honduras a little more.

But for me the most impressive experience was working and staying for two weeks in La Moskitia, Honduras’ tropical rainforest that also covers a part of Nicaragua. The Miskitos own this beautiful part of Honduras and with their own language Miskito and their cultural habits they try to make the best of their lives. There is no access to basic needs like electricity and running water. This part of Honduras can only be reached by taking a boatride after a long and adventurous ride in a jeep.

The village of Ibans has a centro de salud which became my home for 2 weeks. The centro de salud was located in the centre of the village and perfect for me as a starting point to be able to visit local midwives, pregnant women and new mothers with their babies. Continue reading

Special Thanks to the Nurses Sharon and Rita

Labor and Delivery Nurses Rita Jaques and Sharon Finddlay, Midwife Dana Daughtery and Doula and Master of Public Health Nouf Bazaz (picture from left to right)

Labor and Delivery Nurses Rita Jaques and Sharon Finddlay, Midwife Dana Daughtery and Doula and Master of Public Health Nouf Bazaz (picture from left to right)

by Nouf Bazaz

Silvia would like to thank Sharon Findlay and Rita Jaques, Labor & Delivery Nurses from Canada, for their lovely work with Dar a Luz in Honduras. Although only in La Ceiba for one week, Rita and Sharon both devoted each day to supporting birthing women in Hospital Atlantida. Upon their departure, they also left a number of donations on behalf of them and their community including medical supplies, educational materials and simple yet essential items to assist birthing women (such as ice packs, mints, hair ties, stress balls, etc).

A special thanks to Ritas father, who generously donated money to the project that helped to produce educational materials, other supplies and cover critical adminsitration costs.

A great big thank to these lovely nurses coming down to Honduras to volunteer during their vacation. They surely made an impact on numerous women in the hospital.