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, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 3 (canceled due to holiday)

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m.


7708 4th Street NW (map)


Come meet the midwives, tour the home-like birthing suites and get your questions answered about natural childbirth in a birthing center. Each orientation is about 1.5 hours including Q&A.  You must attend an orientation before you can make your first prenatal appointment at Dar a Luz Birth & Health 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 understanding!


To register, call (505) 924-2229, ext. 0  (505-924-BABY) or email receptionist Tracy


You can start your prenatal care anytime between 12 and 37 weeks in your pregnancy.  The sooner you start, the more you benefit from the many services we offer!

Want more details about our orientations? Click here.

Read about the cost of care here and our financial policies here.

If you still have questions before registering for an orientation, email Shelley.



***** NEWS *****


Donation challenge!

If we can raise $15,000 before the end of the year, we'll receive a matching donation. Your donation of $50, $100, $250 or any amount could be doubled! Won't you make a donation now? It's 100% tax-deductible, and helps us continue serving New Mexico families with affordable, high-quality healthcare and so much more.

Use the Paypal button above, mail a check, or call in with your credit card.

We're so grateful!




Holiday Announcements

We are closed for Christmas Dec. 24 - 26

We are closed for New Year's Dec. 31 - Jan. 2

We are always open for births, of course!  Established clients may call the midwife on-call with emergencies: 505-944-5488.

New client appointments are limited during the holidays, and sometimes established clients must be rescheduled to acommodate births and their required follow-up visits.

Thank you for understanding!



Make your holiday shopping count for Dar a Luz!  Designate us in your Amazon Smile account and we'll receive 0.5% of the value of your order as a donation. This costs you nothing! Just remeber to use Amazon Smile instead (the items and prices are identical to Amazon's non-donation site).

There are many other ways to support your community birthing center. We depend upon public support and we need yours! Please consider a tax-deductible donation today.



Join us for a clothing exchange the first and third Wednesday morning each month during Breastfeeding Support Group.

Bring your gently used newborn, toddler and maternity clothes to trade with other mothers, enjoy snacks and good company.

Contact Alyssa with questions.





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.





We now accept Molina Marketplace insurance and we are fully in-network with them.

If you have Molina insurance, contact our office manager to find out how affordable your maternity care can be.

Our facility fees are being brought into the network with more and more companies:

Aetna, Cigna, Molina Centennial Care, Molina Marketplace/Exchange, United Military & Veterans




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. If you transfer in labor, your midwife will go with you if at all possible, and stay with you as long as she can. She can't be your provider at the hospital, but she can be your friend.  Read stories by other mothers about this on our Testimonials page.

2. 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. See the calendar for dates.

3. Attend an information session about transfers and interventions hosted by midwives, support staff and parents who did have to transfer recently, and enjoy dinner on us!  See the calendar for dates.

Please call the birth center to register for these events.




Support groups need your support.

They're not just for those who had "really bad" experiences. They're for everyone!

Join other mothers Thursday evenings to support yourself, your family and each other.

Build community. Connect.

Read about it on our Support Groups page here.

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




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.

If you're a Medicaid recipient, let us provide support services at no charge to you. Read more here.