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:

Note: no orientation July 4

Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, August 15, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, August 29, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, September 12, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, October 3, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, October 17, 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.

 

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.

 

 

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Dar a Luz is closed Thursday and Friday, July 2 and 3, in observance of Independence Day.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


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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.

 


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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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C: Cheering and encouraging moms with positive messages.

A: Accepting, accommodating and non- judgmental about parents’ feeding decisions.

R: Referring to or Recommending expert lactation help as appropriate.

E: Evidence-based information is the standard in all communications.

- See more at: http://www.bestforbabes.org/carecode/#sthash.VhjIwFDC.dpuf

C: Cheering and encouraging moms with positive messages.

A: Accepting, accommodating and non- judgmental about parents’ feeding decisions.

R: Referring to or Recommending expert lactation help as appropriate.

E: Evidence-based information is the standard in all communications.

- See more at: http://www.bestforbabes.org/carecode/#sthash.VhjIwFDC.dpuf

C: Cheering and encouraging moms with positive messages.

A: Accepting, accommodating and non- judgmental about parents’ feeding decisions.

R: Referring to or Recommending expert lactation help as appropriate.

E: Evidence-based information is the standard in all communications.

- See more at: http://www.bestforbabes.org/carecode/#sthash.VhjIwFDC.dpuf

Dar a Luz is now 'Best For Babes' approved

The mission of Best for Babes is to change the cultural perception of breastfeeding and Beat the Breastfeeding Booby Traps®–the cultural, institutional and legal barriers that prevent parents from making informed feeding decisions and that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals (whether that’s 2 days, 2 months or 2 years) without judgment, pressure or guilt.

To be awarded the C.A.R.E. seal, we demonstrated our commitment to the Alliance Code:

C: Cheering and encouraging moms with positive messages.
A: Accepting, accommodating and non-judgmental about parents’ feeding decisions.
R: Referring to or Recommending expert lactation help as appropriate.
E: Evidence-based information is the standard in all communications.

Check out the C.A.R.E Code Alliance/BFB story here.

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We are now members of the NM Breastfeeding Task Force

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force is a coalition that promotes breastfeeding, and supports mothers, families, and communities by:
Supporting hospitals and clinics in their efforts to achieve Baby-Friendly designation,
Improving workplace and childcare breastfeeding conditions,
Advocating for supportive legislative policies.

 

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Thank you, Sandia National Labs and United Healthcare!

If you work at Sandia National Labs and participate in their United Healthcare (UHC) health insurance plan, we have good news! Sandia and UHC have collaborated to cover our facility fees at your in-network benefit level. This is only for Sandia employees. This coverage could save you up to $2000.

Earlier this year, BCBS added our facility to their general network as well, so Sandia employees have facility coverage with either plan.

Please share this good news with your SNL friends and family!

 

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