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, April 18, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, June 20, 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 *****


AMOTC Semi-Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser
Dar a Luz is a sponsor for this great event!
When:   THIS Saturday April 11th, 7:30 am to 2:00 pm, Rain or Shine
Where:  Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Blvd NE, just east of Louisiana across from TJ Maxx
What: TONS of children and baby items, gently used and well priced! Children and baby clothing newborn through 14 years old, shoes, toys, bedding, books, maternity, nursery furniture, craft supplies, outdoor equipment, vendor booths, crafters, bake sale, food trucks, and so much more!
Admission: $1



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.




Our efforts in the NM Legislature are working. Thank you to all who showed up to speak on our behalf!

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. So far the bill has passed every vote and now it awaits the governor's signature.  If it goes through, insurance companies will be able to include Dar a Luz in their networks more easily. That will mean our birth center service fees (facility fees) would have much better insurance coverage, saving you money. We charge so much less than hospitals -- it will save insurance companies money, too, which ultimately saves you even more! Please watch for newsletter announcements to find out how you can support this measure.

Read more about it in our Feb. 20 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.




Bring the whole family June 6

Save the date! Our annual spring celebration will be Saturday afternoon, June 6, 2015.

We are planning some wonderful treats for you!  More info to come ...



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.





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.