In 2007, life brought me to the labor ward of the public hospital in La Ceiba.I was dismayed and deeply touched by the conditions.
Having the desire to help, I started to support the women in every way I could. I spent long term shifts, days, nights, weekends in the hospital and supported over years thousands of women.
In time I developed childbirth education material and programs specific for the culture of the Honduran women. Later I traveled throughout Honduras to explore other hospitals and regions and to distribute education material.
Through this work I pioneered the “support women during labor” in Honduras. I also took note of the needs that expanded outside the hospitals into the outlining communities. In 2009 I founded a non profit associacion in Germany to support my work in Honduras. In 2010 I started the search for volunteers to support my efforts. I called the organiztion in Honduras ‘Dar a Luz Honduras’.
Dar a Luz is a grassroots organization.Besides providing labor support to women in the hospitals, is also collaborating with traditional midwives, organizing donations of needed materials to midwives and underfunded hospitals, and working in the education sector to organizing workshops and training to student nurses, doctors and to women and their families.
Some of my biggest aims, besides improving maternal and infant health, are to change the conditions for the women in the birth units of the hospitals where the situation is dire and create more concious about birth.
A very important aim is also to empower the traditional midwives and improve childbirth education for women and their families.
“One of the greatest gifts about learning another language is that it provides key insights and perspective into one’s culture. For example, dar a luz, (literal translation “to give light”) is the expression used in Spanish when referring to a woman giving birth. What an exemplary phrase to describe one of the most precious moments in a woman’s life!” Anna Blankenberger