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, June 6, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, July 18, 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 *****


We will be closed for Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2015



Brewery Fundraiser this Saturday

We are at it again! Please join Dar a Luz at Red Door Brewing Company on Saturday, May 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for an evening of fun, food and great local beer. Red Door will donate 15% of their sales from 4-8 p.m. to Dar a Luz. The food truck Irrational Pie will be on site too, donating 15% of their sales to Dar a Luz!

This is a family friendly event, so come thirsty and hungry.

More about Irrational Pie here

More about Red Door Brewing Co here


New! A support group just for the partners

Please help us spread the word! Our newest support group is all about supporting the people who take care of a pregnant or new mother and baby. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 6:00-7:00 in the evenings.

Read more on our Support Groups Page here.




Donations needed for our Silent Auction

Do you own a business, offer a service or sell a product that you'd like to share with Dar a Luz families? Get free publicity and help us raise funds by donating goods and services for our silent auction. The auction will take place during World Breastfeeding Week, which is the first week in August.

Contact Carly with your donations and questions.





Dar a Luz featured on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal

Did you see The ABQ Journal on May 20, 2015? In addition to the beautiful picture above, there's a great story about birth centers as a safe alternative to hospitals and an interview with Abigail.


In other news, Abigail has been named as one of the 40 top young professionals in Albuquerque!

Albuquerque Business First's 40 Under Forty event honors young professionals who are climbing the charts in their industries and making an impact on the New Mexican community.

They chose Dar a Luz Executive Director and Lead Midwife Abigail Eaves because of her entrepreneurial leadership, vision and success with the birth center and her work on laws that help ensure insurance coverage for birth center care. Congratulations, Abigail!!



No more Aetna at the Birth Center

As of 3/17/15, we are no longer accepting NEW Aetna clients due to Aetna's refusal to negotiate a fair contract with us.

If you are an established client with Aetna, we will continue to bill Aetna for your care through 12/31/15.

If you have questions about this, contact shelley@daraluzbirthcenter.org



Reducing aggression and bullying in schools: Roots of Empathy

If your baby is due in May, June or July this year, please consider volunteering with this evidence-based program that is proven to reduce bullying and aggression in schools.

What do you do as a volunteer? Just bring your baby once a month throughout the school year to interact with children and a Roots of Empathy instructor. This world-wide classroom program is increasing social/emotional competence and empathy through interaction with the baby.

The next program starts in September. If you're interested, please contact Courtney at ccuster.swfgc@gmail.com

Visit www.rootsofempathy.org for articles, videos, research and more.




We got House Bill 84 signed into law!

Executive Director Abigail and Clinic Director Melanie have been working tirelessly on a bill that would provide a license for birth centers through the Department of Health. The bill was signed by the governor on April 10! Ultimately this will give our birth center service fees (facility fees) much better insurance coverage, saving you money. We charge so much less than hospitals -- it will save insurance companies money, too, which saves everyone even more! However, it's going to take a while for all the pieces to fall into place. We'll keep you updated.

Read more about it in our Apr. 21 newsletter here.




Join MJ (who is the founder of our Dar a Luz doula program, New Life Doulas) for a sweet class all about you and your baby. Enjoy a gentle yoga class, meet other moms, and deepen your bond with your baby. Call the birth center to register: 505-924-2229 x0.

Go to the calendar to see when this class is offered.




We're firing up the grill for you!

Our annual spring celebration will be Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m.

All past, present and future Dar a Luz clients and their families are welcome. Bring a dish to share if you like.

Contact Carly 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.





Support groups are here for every Dar a Luz family.

They're free, confidential and open to the entire community.

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

Build community. Connect. Join us on Thursday evenings for everything from grief work with our licensed counselor Kimberlee and professional guests, to playgroups for little ones of all ages.

Read about it on our Support Groups page here.




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.