Dar a Luz is Albuquerque's only freestanding birthing center where women and their families can experience a natural and compassionate birthing atmosphere.


photo: our first outdoor water birth

How can you get started with Dar a Luz?

Come to an orientation!


Upcoming Birth Center Orientations:

Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m.


7708 4th Street NW (map)

Come meet the midwives, tour the center and get your questions answered about natural childbirth in a birthing center. Each orientation is 1.5 hours long and you must attend an orientation before you can make your first prenatal appointment at the birth center.

Please call to register, and arrive at the start time.

Space is limited, so please help us accommodate everyone by limiting the number of guests you bring.

Moms with the soonest due dates will get preferential placement. Thanks for your understanding!


Here are many more details about our orientations


We encourage you to read about the cost of care and our financial policies before registering for an orientation


To register, call (505) 924-2229, ext. 0  (505-924-BABY)




***** NEWS *****


Help us end trauma and abuse in childbirth. Declare your position on every family's right to choose care based on accurate, evidence-based information.

Inspired Birth and Families, ABQ Birth Network and Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center, in collaboration with improvingbirth.org, are joining forces to bring you the 2014 Rally to Improve Birth on Saturday, Sept. 6!

Please join us from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, 9/6, at Kit Carson Park, which is near Tingley Beach.

Read more on the Rally page on Facebook

Check out photos of our Rally last year

Breaking news: ABQ Mayor Richard Berry has named Sept. 6 "Rally to Improve Birth Day!"




Join us for a screening of the new film Microbirth at the Guild Cinema on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m.

Read more on our Facebook page




Baby Sleep Basics by Tekla Johnson

Sept. 17 at 4:30, join Tekla Johnson, Pediatric Sleep Consultant, as she helps parents understand infant sleep and answers basic sleep questions. Learn how infant development affects sleep, routines to start early for healthy lifelong sleep habits, and so much more. This class is intended for parents of babies 0-12 months old as well as expecting families. The class is free but a small donation is requested.  Call us for more information and to register.

If you like it, consider coming to her full Sleep and Nap Solutions Class, details coming soon!



Thank you to everyone who participated in our special events for World Breastfeeding Week! We had a great turnout for the Big Latch On, The Milky Way Movie, the Silent Auction and the Milk Donor Awards.

Check out this list of donated items for our Silent Auction:

  • Michelle Sprouse Photography, portrait session and a 16 x 20 canvas gallery wrap, over $100 value, went for $85
  • Crazy Winds Glass by Dona Nowicki, Mom & Baby original design stained glass, $35 value, went for $40
  • Whitney Alfaro, Bath passes to ABQ Baths (2 x 2 hours), $30 value, went for $26
  • Osuna Nursery, huge gift basket with plants and nutrients, $50 value, went for $25
  • Blooming Sprout Yoga by Kelsey Lenzmeier, 4 pack of yoga classes for kids and parents, $40 value, went for $30
  • Abigail Eaves, Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper bag and Weleda samples, $170 value, went for $100
  • Betty's Bath & Day Spa, 2 x 30 minute soaks, 1 communal soak, and mom and baby head to toe body wash, $50 value, went for $50
  • Jessica Eaves Matthews & Abigail Eaves, Grapeseed Company Lotion, scrub, soap, sunstick, grapeseed oil and 2-month subscription to Untoxicating Beauty, $125 value, went for $60
  • Kris Gross, handmade purple quilt, $60 value, went for $40
  • Kris Gross, handmade blue quilt, $60 value, went for $55
  • Abigail Eaves, Kelty Child Carrier Backpack, $200 value, went for $150
  • Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center, Bobawrap award-winning baby wrap, $40 value, went for $40
  • Mystery donor, diaper changing table, $20 value, went for $33
  • Chrystal Copeland, Tree of Life 60 minute massage, $75 value, went for $55
  • Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center and Abigail Eaves, Lansinoh Affinity Pro Double Breast Pump, supplies and tote bag, $160 value, went for $60

Pictures and posts from World Breastfeeding Week are on our Facebook page.



Yes, we still do water births!

Local hospitals have stopped allowing women to birth in water.  We know it's safe, and we support it.

Come to an orientation to find out about our evidence-based practices and philosophies.



Dar a Luz offers safe and effective Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for labor analgesia.

We're proud of it because so few facilities offer it, yet it's so simple, effective and safe.

Read about nitrous oxide for labor here.



Ever wonder what would happen if you had to transfer from the birth center to the hospital in labor?

We've got you covered.

1. We provide you a doula for a fraction of the normal cost if you are transferred in labor (or when labor is imminent).  You can hire them yourself, too. Read about our doula service here.

Meet our doulas and learn about this important and comforting service at our next Doula Tea Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

2. Attend an information session about transfers and interventions hosted by midwives and support staff, and enjoy dinner on us!  The next one is Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 5:45 p.m.

Please call the birth center to register for these events.



Support groups have new days and times!

This therapeutic support is available Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings.

Read about it on our Support Groups page here.

Anybody can come for free, confidential group support with our licensed staff counselors.

We support grieving parents and family members, those with traumatic birth stories, young moms, single moms and everybody experiencing the challenges of the postpartum period.



Dar a Luz is proud to participate in the Strong Start Program, a federally-funded program that helps women reduce their chance of preterm birth.

Join our Strong Start program and let us provide some support services at no charge to you. Read more here.