Dar a Luz News

Dar a Luz News

How can you get started with Dar a Luz?

Come to an orientation!

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 10 minutes early to sign in. The presentation will start promptly at 10 a.m. 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

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!


Read about the cost of care here and our financial policies here.

If you still have questions before registering for an orientation, email Erica@daraluzbirthcenter.org.



**Other News**


Help Dar a Luz while you shop

Designate Dar a Luz as your charity of choice on your Smith’s reward card. Then, when you're grocery shopping, Dar a Luz will get a donation!

There is no cost to enroll, and enrollment will not affect your fuel points or coupon discounts.


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.


We've got Mom & Baby Yoga!

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.


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.

Image Courtesy of Abigail Lanin Eaves

Image Courtesy of Abigail Lanin Eaves


Our Past Newsletters


March 24, 2017: We are 6 Years Old!

March 15, 2017: Welcome Jenna!

March 1, 2017: Don't miss out on the Attachment Parenting Class!

February 15, 2017: New Attachment Parenting Class

January 26, 2017: Don't worry! These are good changes!

January 10, 2017: Transitions for NM Share


December 27, 2016: Happy New Year from Dar a Luz

December 13, 2016: Happy Holidays from Dar a Luz

November 29, 2016: Giving Tuesday 68%

November 28, 2016: Keep the Thanksgiving going

November 21, 2016: We are so Thankful

November 15, 2016: Get ready for Giving Tuesday and the Twinkle Light Parade

October 19, 2016: Spooktacular Evening Latch

October 4, 2016: Celebrating 5 years and over 500 babies born at Dar a Luz

September 16, 2016: Presbyterian Updates

September 9, 2016: Have you Seen our Billboards?

August 23, 2016: We did it again - ACNM Best Practice - and Attention Presbyterian Members

August 9, 2016: Thanks for Breaking our Record!

July 28, 2016: Thirty-One Bags Fundraiser

July 26, 2016: Family Yoga in the Park, Pinon Pappies, and The Big Latch On!

July 21, 2016: Welcome Sarah

July 12, 2016: The Big Latch On is Almost Here!

June 28, 2016: Save the Date for the Big Latch On 2016!

June 23, 2016: Annual Summer BBQ and Reunion!

June 16, 2016: Community Yard Sale this Weekend

June 14, 2016: Summer BBQ

June 9, 2016: 5 Year Appeal in Full Swing

June 2, 2016: The Little Mermaid, Burgers & More!

May 31, 2016: Thank You for Helping us Reach our Goal!

May 23, 2016: Win Free Tickets

May 19, 2016: Vanesa's Letter

May 17, 2016: We've got a Not-So-Secret Admirer - New Life Birth Services Anniversary

May 12, 2016: Abigail's Letter

May 6, 2016: Farm & Table Fundraiser

May 3, 2016: Welcome New Staff!

April 20, 2016: $50,000 Appeal

April 5, 2016: Why Not Home Screening

March 22, 2016: Help us Celebrate!

March 8, 2016: Pappy Hour is Here

February 25, 2016: New Faces at Dar a Luz

February 23, 2016: New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force

February 10, 2016: Happy Valentine's Day!

January 28, 2016: Make 2016 your Healthiest Year Yet!

January 12, 2016: Happy New Year!



December 23: 2015: Celebrating the holidays with new groups, staff and our 400th baby!

November 16: Who's up for a trip to Santa Fe? We could use your support

October 29, 2015: Happy Halloween! Upcoming Events

October 15, 2015: Calling for United Way donations

October 12, 2015: Dr. Leeman honored

September 24, 2015: Client portal, upcoming events

September 11, 2015: Olo fundraiser, loss events, and we're almost full!

August 26, 2015: Latest and greatest

July 29, 2015: Saturday is our Big Latch On! Join us all week for a celebration of breastfeeding

July 27, 2015: Il Vicino fundraiser today

July 14, 2014: Lessons of Labor book signing

June 23, 2015: General good news! And a call for silent auction items

June 2, 2015: Annual Spring BBQ this Saturday!

May 12, 2015: Board members wanted

April 21, 2015: Super-psyched! (Our licensure bill was signed into law!)

March 26, 2015: Happy birthday to us! You are our present

March 6, 2015: B2B Giving Back Sundays, CPR Class, Sleep Class, and baby pictures

February 20, 2015: Roundhouse Rallying!

February 4, 2015: Legislative Updates

February 3: 2015: We're Going to the Roundhouse

January 29, 2015: Meet Our Newest Employee, health care, share your baby pics, and more

January 7, 2015: Happy New Year!



December 31, 2014: Last chance! $15,000 Matching Grant Challenge

December 12, 2014: Holiday Potlock Reunion

December 12, 2014: Matching Grant Challenge

November 20, 2014: Giving Thanks

November 7, 2014: Farewell, Amanda!

October 22, 2014: What a moving night

September 25, 2014: Meet our newest midwife, Susan

September 11, 2014: A message from Patricia

August 20, 2014: Many thanks! And other good stuff

July 24, 2014: Join us for World Breastfeeding Week 2014!

July 15, 2014: Movies, breaking world records, and saving babies' lives. Join us for World Breastfeeding Week!

June 10, 2014: Meet the Doulas! Cloth diaper and baby sleep classes. Use Amazon to donate!

May 23, 2014: Thursday and Saturday Support Group Details

May 22, 2014: Please share: Free Support for Parents' Challenges

April 29, 2014: Party This Saturday!

April 18, 2014: Quick Reminders

April 3, 2014: We Are Three! Celebrate With Us!

February 10, 2014: Support Groups, Swap Meet, and Baby #200



December 23, 2013: Happy Holidays! (Here's our schedule)

December 12, 2013: Special Holiday Requests and Reminders

December 6, 2013: Three Fabulous Women You'll Meet at Dar a Luz

December 2, 2013: Holiday Party Invitation

November 26, 2013: Help Us Welcome Midwife Ruth

November 11, 2013: Unique Toys, a Birth Center Family, and We Now Accept Tricare

October 30, 2013: Free breast pumps through insurance? Yup.

October 22, 2013: Dar a Luz in the news again! (Milk Depot)

September 30, 2013: What to Know About the Affordable Care Act

August 28, 2013: Abigail Wins UNM Alumni Award

August 7, 2013: From the Executive Director: In Honor of My Father

July 23, 2013: Cast Your Vote Naming Dar a Luz "Best of the City"

July 18, 2013: World Breastfeeding Week events - please join us!

May 16, 2013: Reunion Party, Milk Drive, New Classes, Other News

May 8, 2013: You're Invited! May 18 Reunion Party

April 26, 2013: Order Your Custom Tile On Our Sign By May 9

March 31, 2013: Milk Bank at Dar a Luz, and Two Years of Babies

February 28, 2013: Classy Classes, Custom Tiles and Grant Gratitude

February 1, 2013: New Study Confirms Birth Center Safety and Savings



December 21, 2012: Baby #100 is here! Meet our new receptionist. Holiday schedule.

November 13, 2012: You're Invited to a Holiday Open House (note: it's from noon to 4 p.m., not 1-4)

November 2, 2012: The "Free or Almost-Free Stuff" Issue

October 23, 2012: Win a Birth Photography Session

October 9, 2012: Tile Campaign Update

October 5, 2012: Breastfeeding and Cloth Diapering Support

September 13, 2012: Nutrition Workshop Survey, and we're accredited!

August 28, 2012: Prenatal Yoga is Back!

August 14, 2012: Patricia's in the house, and the importance of sleep

August 7, 2012: New Meetup Group, a house concert, tile update

July 3, 2012: Tile deadline extended due to equipment shortage

June 12, 2012: June is your last chance to order tiles

May 11, 2012: Mark Your Calendar for This Sunday!

May 10, 2012: Prenatal Yoga Starting Today

May 9, 2012: Mmm... Birthday Cake

May 1, 2012: Happy Birthday To Us!

April 17, 2012: Yoga survey

April 3, 2012: Help us get our sign up, Mother's Day reunion picnic



December 14, 2011: Positions available at the birth center

December 14, 2011: Holiday reunion, open house

November 10, 2011: Fundraiser at Il Vicino

July 27, 2011: Babies and Yoga

July 6, 2011: The stork has arrived (first three babies)

May 4, 2011: Mother's Day

March 3, 2011: Construction almost finished, volunteers needed

February 16, 2011: We have changed our name, call for volunteers

January 25, 2011: Fundraiser, construction, landscaping



December 8, 2010: Blues Buzz #6

November 30, 2010: After all this time

November 24, 2010: Warmest Thanksgiving wishes

November 21, 2010: Blues Buzz #5

November 12, 2010: Blues Buzz #4

November 5, 2010: Blues Buzz #3

November 1, 2010: Blues Buzz #2

October 29, 2010: Blues Buzz #1

October 22, 2010: Bringin' you the blues (fundraiser)

March 5, 2010: Nice weather brings good news

January 22, 2010: Thank you for your support

January 10, 2010: Whole Foods fundraiser reminder

January 6, 2010: Whole Foods fundraiser



December 30, 2009: Happy New Year

December 16, 2009: Happy Holidays