Abigail was the absolute right choice for my home birth with my son. My daughter had been born in a birthing center in the water, and I was sure I could have another safe and gentle birth the second time. As a midwife, I find Abigail is sensitive and trusting enough to know how to simply be present and supportive of the process of labor and birth, as well as knowledgeable and intuitive to know when to intervene or offer suggestions. With her, I felt completely safe, relaxed, cared for and nurtured, which enabled me to have a very easy labor and birth. There is nothing I would have done differently!
Abigail is a wonderful midwife. She delivered all three of my babies. She has a heart of gold and is very passionate about her job. Not only is she a great midwife, she became a great friend and companion along the way. Abigail made my birthing experiences very pleasant. She made sure I was comfortable throughout the deliveries. She made herself available at my convenience. She went out of her way every time to be there to deliver my babies even when she wasn't on call. Abigail is an excellent midwife as well as committed to what she does.
I was introduced to the idea of using a midwife by my insurance. I'd always had an OB/GYN in the past but decided to give it a try with my second pregnancy. I was immediately taken with the experience. Instead of treating my pregnancy like a disease that needed "treatment", Abigail supported and cared for me as a whole person (and my baby too!). My only regret was there was not a birthing center in Albuquerque at the time. Even so, she made the delivery very special and personalized too. With my first child, who was delivered by an OB/GYN, I didn't even see a doctor until "showtime", after having been in labor for about 30 hours. Abigail, on the other hand, was checking on me and my labor progress every step of the way, even though she was off-duty. She made me feel safe and calm during a very anxious time. I valued the experience so much that when I found out I was pregnant with my third child, she was my first call!
My husband and I truly feel blessed that Abigail was there to deliver both of our sons. Each birthing experience, while unique in their own ways, was made better through Abigail's expertise. Through both deliveries Abigail exhibited the utmost in professionalism, but, more importantly, her genuine warmth and the love she brings to her vocation is something that must be experienced to appreciate. We felt safe, well informed, and well taken care of. My post partum care was excellent as well. Abigail took the time to make sure both my baby and I were doing well. She supports your mental well-being as well as physical. Abigail's commitment to this very special work is genuine and invaluable.
Abigail with Jennifer and Andre P.
Abigail delivered my son in June 2006. I was 42-plus weeks and had been in labor for 3 days at home. My son's head was lodged over the left side of my pelvis; there was lots of meconium and a pretty intensive resuscitation. Anyway, she was terrific. She helped me advocate when the doctor wanted to resort to a c-section and she helped me not tear at all. I am thankful for her whenever I think about my son's birth, which is frequently.
I met Patricia when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with our first baby. My previous midwife sustained a serious injury and Patricia came to the rescue. My husband and I were very hesitant to meet someone new to be our midwife. However, as soon as we met Patricia, I felt confident that she was who I wanted by my side for the rest of my pregnancy journey. I was scared of what to expect and had a million questions. Patricia stayed over an hour with us answering every single question and making me feel empowered and ready to meet my baby girl. I am happy to say that my family still gets to see Patricia and as soon as we get pregnant again, I will be giving her a call. She is compassionate, empowering, and gives genuine support.
We greatly appreciate the quality of care and the personal touch we received at each appointment and during a difficult birth. At each appointment, you answered all our questions and gave us sound medical care and counsel. You helped us to understand our options and develop treatment plans.
In addition, the breastfeeding class and childbirth class were conducted in a very informative and professional but personal manner.
Although we were disappointed not to be able to give birth at Dar a Luz, you made the right call at the right time to transfer us and facilitated a seamless transfer process. Completing the transfer well before any emergency situation could occur was the exact right decision. We were very relieved to find Dr. Leeman exactly as you described -- as close to a midwife as a doctor can be. The care we received from Dr. Leeman and others was top-notch. With the right treatment, coaching, and patience from the staff, we were able to achieve a vaginal birth and return home in a great state of health.
Thank you again for all your care and support... We are very grateful to have benefitted from your birth center and your amazing team of professionals.
Tanya and John
Anonymous testimonials from our exit survey:
You helped me have a VBAC, and believed in me! Thank you!
Everyone at the center is so caring! It really made me feel at home and like my and my baby’s health was of most importance!
The care from start to finish was exceptional. I also feel like I'd be welcomed if I just walked through the door a year from now, which is a nice feeling to have. The midwives took the time to get to know me, and the office staff were friendly and helpful too. I loved the atmosphere. During the birth the midwife was relaxed and super-helpful by being calm and supportive. My family who was present at the birth felt relaxed and confident and comfortable throughout the whole experience, also. Thank you for a wonderful experience! I'll be back for baby #2!
The amount of time that midwives spent with clients was exceptional. That allowed adequate time to discuss any issues I was having and made me feel comfortable rather than "rushed." I appreciated the midwives providing me with "informed consent" and the opportunity to make choices regarding my child's birth. I felt "in control" of my baby's birth. I was always given options and felt well prepared during the entire pregnancy. The midwives’ education, level of professionalism and overall concern and care for their clients was exceptional and unique.
I appreciated the 24/7 access to a midwife for questions. Also the birthing center is a comfortable and safe environment. Staff and midwives were friendly and build a relationship with patients.
I love that Dar a Luz enables and empowers women.
You care about your patients!
I was unable to give birth at the birthing center and the midwives came to visit me in the hospital. I was very surprised and pleased. Their visit helped ease some of my anxieties and fears and they let me know that they were there for me and would help me with anything that I needed. Who else gives care like that?
Dar A Luz far exceeded our expectations. We received sage advice and guidance at every appointment and class, making us more competent, confident and calm as we prepared for birth and parenthood. The staff got to know our family and offered treatment and education to us with love. They are heroes, giving abundantly of their talents, time and compassion. We have been so blessed to be in their care.
Went above and beyond the call of duty to be sure I was well taken care of, even after I was no longer a patient.
I truly enjoyed my care, baby's birth and postnatal care! I would (and have) recommend Dar a Luz to just about anyone who will listen!
Provided top quality medical care in a facility that was more comfortable, family friendly and completely unlike a hospital. Everyone was friendly and flexible- I always felt important and remembered and welcome.
Prenatal visits were personal and I felt listened to, respected, and completely comfortable
The personalized attention was excellent.
Childbirth classes were extremely useful and a good bonding experience with my baby-daddy. Information provided in general is excellent in all aspects - not only those classes but explanations from midwives, the nurse assistant, the lending library, the booklet, etc. It feels good to be empowered with so much information. And it is amazing that it all comes included with the cost of the center - such a good deal!!! Newborn care was wonderful as well - especially the home visit. And the "candles" during the birth ... nice touch. There are too many things that were "exceptional" and "helpful" to list here.
Telling me how to focus during my contractions and pushing.
For me it was the postpartum care concerning my health. Also the chance to be able to have such a beautiful natural birthing experience was handed to me by the midwives. Thank you.
Everyone is very welcoming and knowledgeable.
The one on one midwife care was amazing!!
Breastfeeding support!! Quiet and calm during labor.
Everything! I was really scared about labor and babies in general but everyone put me at ease and I let go of my fears. Plus with my crazy high blood pressure you let me [bring in my chiropractor] who fixed it! Other providers would not have let me do that.
Every aspect of Abigail and Melanie’s care was perfect. I love Abigail’s sense of humor and candidness, and Melanie’s thoroughness and warm demeanor.
Understood and executed birth plan as we wished.