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


photo: one of our first water births

How can you get started with Dar a Luz?

Come to an orientation!


Upcoming Birth Center Orientations:

Saturday, September 12, at 10 a.m. (full)

Saturday, October 3, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, October 17, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, November 7, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, November 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 your first prenatal appointment.
  • REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED -- no drop-ins please. Moms with the soonest due dates will get preferential placement.
  • Arrive at the start time. If you are late, you'll have to attend the next orientation before you can begin care.
  • Space is limited. Please limit your guests to the decision-makers so we can accommodate everyone.
  • See the News below to find out what months are full in our due date calendar


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, and you can come to an orientation anytime (pregnant or planning). The sooner you start your care, 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 *****

Full Months

We are fully booked in some months. If your baby is due is in one of these months and you are not yet registered at Dar a Luz, we regret that we cannot register you for orientation or maternity care:

September 2015

January 2016

February 2016


Almost-full months

If your baby is due is in one of these months and you are not yet registered at Dar a Luz, time is running out!

October 2015

December 2015


If your baby is due in November 2015, or in March, April, or May 2016, we still have a spot for you. However, we are starting to see more and more fully booked months, so come to orientation and register early!



Support group special events coming up

Learn EFT

September 10, 2015, 6-8 p.m., join us for a special new parent support group where we’ll learn some special EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) triggers to release negative emotions.

Candle Ceremony

Thursday, October 15, 2015, our annual candle ceremony at Dar a Luz honoring pregnancy and baby loss. More info coming soon.

Walk for Remembrance and Hope
Saturday, October 17, join NM Share and Dar a Luz for New Mexico's 3rd annual Walk to Remember. We will gather in remembrance of our babies lost too soon, and offer families a place to honor their children. There will be a story, poem and the names of our babies read by a local story teller. Read more and register here.

Contact staff counselor Kimberlee for more information on these events.


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.




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.



No more Aetna at the Birth Center

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



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.




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 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.