Information about all classes, support groups, and special events
These events happen at the birth center, unless otherwise noted. Most classes and events require registration. You can sign up for most events and classes by emailing the receptionist at email@example.com
Do you have questions? View our Staff Directory or call us at (505) 924-2229. Please note: you must email Tracy to sign up for classes. Please do not call with these requests. Thanks!
Where to start
Wondering where to start now that you've registered for care at Dar a Luz? Here's what we suggest:
- First, sign up for an Intro to Birth Center Birth class (see below). In this class you'll find out about all the other classes and have a chance to register for them. You’ll get an overview of what to expect during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum care at the birth center. You’ll learn how to make the most of your experience at Dar a Luz. You’ll also meet some of the teachers, staff, and other parents-to-be. This class is highly recommended for all Dar a Luz parents. Please take this class before you sign up for your birth class series. You can sign up by emailing Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Set up your access to our Patient Portal so you can see your lab results, appointments and important information about your care. (You'll receive an email from our receptionist with instructions and your user ID and password.)
Wondering what classes you're required to take?
Here's the summary:
- Childbirth education provided at the birth center. Choose one (see below for more info and schedules):
- Dar a Luz Birth Class series
- Blissborn childbirth series
- Condensed class (this class is only for women who have given birth before. In certain circumstances, women who have taken a childbirth class from another educator during this pregnancy, or who are late transfers and will not have time to complete a series can join this class too.)
- Interventions and Hospital Transfers (required for anyone who hasn't taken it before)
- Breastfeeding 101 (required only for first-time moms)
- Newborns Head to Toe (required only for first-time moms)
You can sign up for classes with Tracy by email at email@example.com, or at your Intro to Birth Center Birth Class. Most classes are included at no additional charge for birth center parents. Most of our classes are available to the greater community, too, for a fee.
The dates below are organized by class type. Please view our live calendar below for another view.
Birth Center Orientations
Usually offered the second and third Saturdays each month, at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Allow about 1.5 hours.
Please note, there are some important things for you to know before you come to an orientation! Click below for more info.
Intro to Birth Center Birth
Sign up for this one after you are a birth center client. Jointly taught by our birth class teachers, this class will answer your most pressing questions and give you essential information about your care at Dar a Luz. You'll also have a chance to learn about and sign up for all your classes. Wondering which birth class to take? After this class, you'll know! Take this class before your 5-week class series, as early in your Dar a Luz care as you can. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Meets once about every other month. In 2017, this class is offered on these dates:
Monday, February 6, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Monday, April 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 25, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 27, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Required Birth Classes
We have a variety of childbirth preparation classes for birth center parents. See the class descriptions for more information on content and cost. All birth center moms must attend one birth class series. Wondering which birth class to take? Sign up for the Intro to Birth Center Birth class and make your decision with confidence. Also, check out our Class Descriptions page for more information on each class.
Dar a Luz Birth Class series
Meets five afternoons, for 2.5 hours each time. Taught by childbirth education expert Amity McElroy. Read about Amity on our staff page, or contact her directly on our contact page. Email email@example.com to register.
Sundays, February 12 through March 12, 2017, from 4-6:30 p.m.
Sundays, March 26 through April 30, 2017, from 4-6:30 p.m. (no class on Easter, April 16)
Saturdays, May 13 through June 10, 2017, from 3-5:30 p.m.
To get on the call-back list for later classes, email Amity from our staff page, or contact her directly on our contact page.
Blissborn Birth Hypnosis series
Meets five Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Extra fee for materials is $75 plus tax, payable to Laura in the first class (for both Dar a Luz clients and non-clients). This class is available to non-birth center clientele as well, for a $300 fee (payable to Dar a Luz), plus the materials fee. Taught by Blissborn founder, hypnotherapist, and childbirth educator Laura Wood. Read about Laura on our staff page, or contact her directly on our contact page.
January 10 through February 7
March 14 through April 11
April 25 through May 23
June 6 through July 11* (no class July 4) *Starting in June, Blissborn classes will be three hours each, from 6 to 9 p.m.
To get on the call-back list for later classes, email Laura from our contact page.
Condensed childbirth education class
This class is for women who have given birth before. In certain circumstances, women who have taken a childbirth class from another educator during this pregnancy, or who are late transfers and will not have time to complete a series can join this class too. The Condensed class is not designed for mothers who are not birth center clients, or who are first-time moms. If you are having trouble finding a class to fit your schedule, contact the class teacher to find out about your other options. Taught by Robin Hayter. Read about Robin on our staff page, or contact them directly on our contact page.
This class is offered one Saturday each month, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bring your lunch!
Other required classes
Interventions and Hospital Transfers
This class is required for all Dar a Luz moms. Learn what happens when birth doesn't go as expected. Hear from key birth center personnel who help before, during and after a transfer. Meet past Dar a Luz parents who experienced a transfer from the birth center to the hospital and listen to their story. Get your questions answered and find out how to minimize your chance of transfer.
This class is offered once a month, every month, and we suggest taking it between your 5th and 8th month of pregnancy. There's no additional charge for birth center clients, and we even provide dinner!
Dinner served from 5:30 to 5:45 (it's usually Dion's pizza and salads, with vegan and gluten-free options always available; please email Laura at least 24 hours in advance if you have other dietary needs).
Classes are on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and are offered on these dates for 2017:
Newborns Head to Toe
Register to take Amity's newborn care class before or after your birth class series. Pick one that fits your schedule and be sure to get it in before the baby is born! Please bring a newborn blanket to work on your swaddling skills.
Classes are on Sundays, unless otherwise noted, and are offered on these dates for 2017:
January 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.
February 26, from 1 to 4 p.m.
March 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.
April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. (note time change)
May 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. (note time change)
June 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. (note time change)
Register to take Amity's breastfeeding class before or after your birth class series. You can also come after your baby is born, but we recommend coming before.
Classes are usually on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and are offered on these dates for 2017:
January 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.
June 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also check out "Pumping Basics" below, offered regularly and taught by Amity.
For more support and socializing, check out the New Parents Support Group and our breastfeeding groups every Wednesday morning and two Wednesday evenings each month. Free to all, including our larger community! Facilitated by our staff nurses, midwives and peer counselors. More information in our Support Groups section below.
Optional bonus classes
Attendance in these classes is optional but highly recommended, and included at no additional charge for birth center parents. There is a fee for non-birth center clients, as noted.
Take this two-hour class to learn the basics of pumping and storing breast milk and bottle feeding it to your baby. Learn how to clean and care for your pump. Best in your third trimester or after the baby comes. Bring your pump if you can! Led by Amity McElroy or Robin Hayter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Here are our 2017 classes, offered about once every other month:
Sunday, January 29, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You can come before or after your baby is born, but we recommend doing it before, to ensure that your car is ready to drive your baby home from Dar a Luz. Please register! Email email@example.com to register.
Offered on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. on these dates in 2017:
Keep going! Below the live calendar we have even more great stuff! Special Events and Support groups below.
Our Live Calendar
DAL = Dar a Luz
NB = Newborn
BF = Breastfeeding
BB = Blissborn
CBE = Childbirth Education
Note: the calendar is subject to change at any time. We will notify only those who are registered for a class if it is changed.
We are proud to serve as a community resource for a wide variety of topics.
Disclaimer: Most of the special events below are set up and led by community members -- not Dar a Luz staff members -- and as such, they don't necessarily reflect our beliefs as an organization. Dar a Luz is not responsible for their content, and does not necessarily endorse every aspect presented.
Meet the Doulas: Monthly Doula Tea with New Life Doula Collective
Learn about the doulas who serve Dar a Luz moms. These dedicated, compassionate women are on call 24/7 to help Dar a Luz families who are transferred during labor, and they are also available for private hire if you know you want a doula no matter what. Come and meet them, find out all about doulas and the services they provide, and enjoy a good cup of tea.
Please let us know you're coming -- you can RSVP here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org (but drop-ins are OK too).
Saturday, January 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, January 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, February 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, March 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, April 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, May 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, July 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, August 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, October 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, November 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
If you can't wait to meet the doulas, or if you already know you want to hire them privately, email them at email@example.com
Baby Massage by Amity McElroy (registration is not required, but encouraged)
Amity is certified through the International Institute of Infant Massage. Numerous benefits for babies and caregivers include increased bonding and relief from lots of complaints and stresses. Babies of any age are welcome, but babies who are at least 8 weeks old will tolerate a longer massage. Older babies and toddlers are welcome too! Bring any oil or lotion that you use on the baby. Amity recommends organic cold pressed oils such as olive, coconut, almond, grape seed, or apricot kernel.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Please bring a check (payable to Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center) or exact change. Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple.
This class meets one Sunday a month for 1.5 hours on these dates:
Sunday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mother's Circle: Mom and Baby Yoga by MJ Vargas (registration not required)
Mothers of ALL ages and stages are welcome to join, pregnant mamas included. Babies enjoy this class up until about 18 months. Please bring: yoga gear (we have some to lend, too), diaper bag, water and anything needed to feed your baby. Cost is $12 per drop-in session. Packages available as well: $40 for 4 classes or $75 for 8 classes. Registration is encouraged, but not required.
Contact MJ with questions: email@example.com
Meets right before Evening Latch & Toddler Group (see below) on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month for one hour, at 5:30 p.m.
Our 2017 dates are:
Check out the New Life calendar on their website for more yoga with MJ.
Infant, Child, and Adult CPR Certificate Course by Kris Romero (registration is required)
Join firefighter Kris Romero in a certification course in Infant, Child and Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Learn basic life-saving measures, what to do in an emergency, and how to be prepared. The cost for the class is $35 per person, with cash or check payable to Kris Romero required before class. No refunds. Please contact receptionist Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and arrange payment. Watch for our next one and sign up fast! These usually fill quickly.
Monday, January 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Baby Sleep by Tekla Johnson (registration is required)
Join Tekla Johnson, Pediatric Sleep Consultant, as she helps parents understand infant sleep and answers basic sleep questions. Learn how infant development affects sleep, routines to start early for healthy lifelong sleep habits, and so much more. The infant class is intended for parents of babies 0-12 months old as well as expecting families. Bring a notebook, because you'll want to take lots of notes! Tekla offers these classes for free but requests a small donation.
To get on the call-back list for the next class, email email@example.com
Saturday, January 21, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Cloth Diapering Demystified (registration is required)
Cost: $10 per person or $15 a couple
Please prepay with Tracy: email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
In Danett's Cloth Diaper 101 class you'll learn everything you need to know to successfully start your own cloth diaper journey with your little one. In a fun and comfortable environment, she'll demonstrate how to use a variety of cloth diapers ranging from the "old school" Flat diapers, to the new and more modern diapers. You'll have the opportunity to get a hands on experience to determine which cloth diaper style best suit your needs and lifestyle. You'll also learn about the benefits of cloth diapering, how to properly take care of them, and everything in between.
Danett Hernandez is a recent transplant to Albuquerque, having moved here from Denver, Colorado with her husband and four year old son, Sebastian. She recently had her second baby boy, Leander, this August. She began using cloth diapers with her first boy four years ago and has continued the tradition with the newest family addition. Danett has been teaching Cloth Diapering 101 for the past four years at hospitals, baby stores and has even been interviewed for news segments intended to promote the benefits of cloth diapering. To get on the list for the next class, email email@example.com
Thursday, January 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
In Danett's Babywearing 101 class, you'll learn how to properly and safely wear your baby from newborn through toddlerhood. In a fun and comfortable environment, she'll demonstrate how to use a variety of carriers including slings, wraps, and soft-structure carriers, and you'll have the opportunity to test them to determine which ones best suit your needs and lifestyle.
Baby wearing can seem overwhelming at times, especially for first-time parents, but here you'll build the confidence you need to wear your baby calmly and happily. Expectant parents, children, and babies are all welcome to attend.
Danett Hernandez is a recent transplant to Albuquerque, having moved here from Denver, Colorado with her husband and four year old son, Sebastian. She just had her second baby. She began wearing her son from the day he was born and was immediately hooked on its amazing benefits, including being able to nurse while keeping her hands free. Danett has been teaching baby wearing for the past four years at hospitals, baby stores, and has even been interviewed for news segments intended to promote the benefits and safety procedures of baby wearing.
There's a small fee to attend, due at Dar a Luz before class: $10 per person or $15 per couple, payable by cash or check written to Danett Hernandez. To get on the list for the next class, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Essential Oils in Pregnancy and Beyond
Taught by Jennifer Sandoval, a mother and teacher passionate about sharing and empowering families with simple, natural solutions. Small donation accepted, not required. To get on the list for the next class, email email@example.com
Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Essential Oils
Discover the benefits of using natural essential oils one drop at a time to safely provide relief for physical and emotional pregnancy symptoms. Learn which oils can help with mood and pain management in labor, and get tips on what to pack in your "go bag." While recovering from the birth find out how to safely use essential oils to heal your body quickly, support mood through the hormonal changes, and support breastfeeding.
Newborns, Breastfeeding and Family Health Essential Oils
Learn easy recipes to make all natural care products for your newborn, and gentle ways to support their health and growth. Essential oils can support milk production, address discomfort, and help with weaning in natural ways that are safe for you and your baby. This class will also include conversation about the importance of supplements to ensure proper nutrition for new parents, kids and how to use the top 10 essential oils to support each family member's body's systems for preventive health. When issues arise, having these 10 essential oils on hand will be your tools to handle any situation with confidence.
To get on the call-back list for the next classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an ongoing online and in-person course using positive discipline and the Whole Brain Child method. Facilitated by Antonia Montoya and Jean Zitting, certified Positive Discipline Facilitators, with a focus on gratitude and learning from successes. Let's send a ripple of compassion out into the world! Together we will learn some new skills and strategies thatcan be put to use right away. We will also honor our own strengths, knowledge and intuition; feeling okay to take what works for us and ditch the rest.
Expect to feel more connected with your child; learn how to set limits in a way that actually works; facilitate your child becoming a loving, confident, fulfilled, independent, and compassionate adult; understand what the heck your child really needs when they are acting out; improve your relationship with your partner or other adults in your life; and feel calm, confident, energized, and grateful.
It's not too late and it's not too early. Whether you have an infant, five kids (like Jean), grand kids, or no kids (like Antonia), you will get a lot out of this program. Because it's not just gratefully parenting -- it is also gratefully "relationshipping." The cost is $35, and you can bring your partner for free! Register HERE.
Meets the second Monday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on these dates in 2017:
Special "Sing and Swing" during Breastfeeding Support Group
Did you know that all children are musical? Join Terrie Galacia of Sing and Swing Southwest for a fun and interactive free demonstration Music Together class. Grown-ups and babies will sing, dance and play together, in addition to learning how music can be a powerful way for you to bond with your child. Terrie is a Board Certified Music Therapist and music teacher with more than 10 years of experience providing music therapy and Music Together classes for infants and children.
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth-age 5 and the grown-ups who love them.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket for baby to lie on the floor for part of the class.
To find out when the next class will be, contact email@example.com
Led by licensed mental health counselors, peer supporters, Dar a Luz moms, midwives and RN birth assistants, our groups grow and thrive organically. Groups meet on a regular schedule so you can plan ahead. People often question whether their experience qualifies them for a "support group," but these groups are for everyone -- all experiences welcome. Telling your story is an important part of moving through it. Come do it in a safe place with caring people. Call us with questions and suggestions!
All of our groups are free and open to the community. No registration is required.
Facilitators may leave early if there are no participants in the first 20 minutes. Please arrive near the start time but feel free to leave whenever you need to.
Regular schedule (except on holidays):
Breastfeeding Support Group with peers, nurses and midwives (children welcome)
Wednesdays 10 a.m. to noon every week
Evening Latch & Toddler Group -- a breastfeeding group with peer support (many toddlers attend this one)
Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the 1st & 3rd week of each month
Once a month join us an hour early -- for Mom and Baby Yoga with doula MJ Vargas. See the schedule above.
New Parents Support Group
*NOTE: This group will be changing to a monthly Mindful Partnering/Mindful Parenting group starting January 12th (see below).
Mindful Partnering, Mindful Parenting - mindfulness meditation for anyone feeling overwhelmed in marriage, partnership, and/or parenting (adults only)
Second Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m.
Next meeting: Thursday, January 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Birth Trauma Circle (adults only)
Fourth Thursday of every even-numbered month (February, April, etc.) from 6 to 8 p.m.*
NEW! Pappy Hour (dads only)
Scheduled weekend days most months, each time at a different local brewery or distillery. Watch for the next one!
Dar a Luz does not advocate or encourage the abuse of alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly and in moderation.
NEW! Piñon Pappies (kids welcome but not required)
This is a dads' and other partners' hiking group, set up and run by some of our Dar a Luz dads. Usually meets monthly.
Watch Facebook for these events!
Email Tracy with questions and suggestions, and to be put on our contact list for these dads' gatherings. firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! Reunion Classes (babies welcome--that's the point!)
This is a chance to get back together with your five-week series (Dar a Luz or Blissborn) birth class after everyone has had their babies. Set this up with your birth class instructor!
Available the fourth Thursday of very odd-numbered month (January, March, etc.) from 6 to 8 p.m.*
Thursday, January 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.
*NOTE: Please set these up with your birth class teachers. We must have RSVPs for these!