As a ministry we have seen first hand the daily need for basic health care and health eduction. We often teach about the risks of high blood pressure and diabetes and how they affect longevity of life. We often encourage parents to teach these good habits to their children. In our community many do not have the means to see a doctor on a regular basis. Being able to hold mobile-clinics and check blood pressures and blood sugars is a huge blessing. We also hold clinics in the public market and in rural mountain communities. We have also started to include local doctors to help with prescribing medicine and being able to diagnose general health concerns like skin and fungal infections and other basic needs.
In our mobile medical clinics we:
- Check blood pressure
- Check blood sugars
- Give out medications for health problems such as
- Bacterial Infections
- Vitamin distribution
- Pain management
- Fungal infections
- Parasite treatments
Pregnancy Care & Doula Work
We offer a number of prenatal education classes for individuals, couples, and larger groups that meet at the public birthing clinic. Classes cover a range of topics from nutrition, comfort measures and exercises in pregnancy, pain in labor, what is labor, how to use a birth ball and other laboring techniques, as well as lactation.
We offer yearly doula training seminars for those seeking to become a doula, with a focus of work in Honduras. Our training seminar are 6 days full days that cover a range of topics with an emphasis on Honduran culture in birth, clinic standards and rules as well as specific techniques to help laboring mothers in Honduras.
Here in Honduras its common that woman birth without family members present and seeing that most clinics and hospitals are understaffed many women are left alone for hours to labor. As doulas, we are able to enter into a number of clinic and accompany laboring women, free of charge. We are often helping first-time teenage mothers who are scared, anxious and suffering through labor. Currently we work in a number of locations. We continue to visit and assist as doulas in our cities public birthing clinic as well as in the regional hospital that is located in the next city over. In addition too these places, we have been able to enter a few private birthing centers as well as doulas.
We have many opportunities for those that have been trained with us or else where that are seeking to continue their training serving as doula volunteers for 3 months and onward. Time here as a doula intern will be balanced between doula work in clinics, assisting with educational classes, lactation consults and other general ministry needs. Speaking Spanish is not necessary, but is highly recommended.