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Position: Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center has an excellent opportunity open for a full-time Certified Nurse-Midwife to join our team of 5 CNMs at our nonprofit freestanding birth center. We provide full-scope services for management of low to moderate risk pregnancy, natural birth at the center, hospital transfers for women who risk out, postpartum and lactation support, newborn follow-up for the first 28 days and gynecologic care in collaboration with the University of New Mexico Family Practice team. We build strong relationships within this community and there are many opportunities to use individual talents to help grow the vision of the birth center.

The selected midwife would cover 3 to 4 days per week made up of a combination of clinic, 1st and 2nd calland 2 call weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) for a total of 26 days coverage in a 6 week period. Salary is competitive for birth centers and nonprofit organizations. Health, dental, vision, life and malpractice insurance are paid. There is retirement plan available also. Appropriate midwifery licenses and certifications are required including NRP, BLS and water birth. Experience in birth center care or a passion to support normal physiologic birth are preferred. New graduates with a strong background will be considered.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, national origin, age, disability, military status, or other factors protected by applicable law.

Interested CNMs may forward a CV or resume and cover letter to Melanie Yanke CNM, Clinical Director

Position: Registered Nurse (RN)

Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center is seeking an enthusiastic Registered Nurse (RN) to join our unique midwife-operated practice and nonprofit freestanding birth center. The right fit for our practice will join three other passionate nurses to provide safe, rewarding birth center care to 15-20 prenatal women a month in a beautiful, nationally accredited birth center. Dar a Luz is fortunate to have a stellar collaborative relationship with the University of New Mexico Family Practice team who are always available for consultation and transfers to the hospital. Our team of educators and counselors offer prenatal classes and support groups to the community and host activities regularly attended by a vibrant community of pregnant and postpartum women. There are many opportunities to use your individual talents to help grow the vision of our birth center.

Dar a Luz opened in March 2011 and has attended over 620 births at the center. It is situated on an acre of land in the north valley village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and has a rural feeling with a spectacular view of the Sandia Mountains. This is the most amazing environment to practice in with a southwest style office and 2 birthing suites including access to beautiful gardens and a labyrinth. Dar a Luz offers water birth and nitrous oxide for labor.

Our nurses are an integral part of the woman-centered care we provide. Nurses get to know all of our clients by providing clinic support which includes drawing labs, preforming newborn hearing testing, reconciling lab results and triaging phone calls. Midwives provide the majority of labor support and nurses are called in as needed for labor support and are present to assist with the birth and newborn transition. Nurses are responsible for mother and baby recovery and discharge between 4-12 hours postpartum. Each nurse has additional responsibilities including data entry of practice statistics, continuous quality assurance measures, peer counseling for pregnancy and breastfeeding, lactation consultations if they are an IBCLC, childbirth education, public relations and planning for community outreach activities.

A typical schedule at the birth center is very different from hospital shift work in that there are fewer scheduled work-days but more time on call. A 4-week schedule with 4 nurses to cover clinic, 1st and 2nd call, gives each person 4 clinic days (8:45 – 5:15, Monday thru Thursday), 7 days (24 hour call) of 1st call and 7 days (24 hour call) of 2nd call. Time off with this schedule includes 4 weekdays and 2 weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). Additional responsibilities can be done during clinic or call time. The life-style of a birth center nurse in a small practice is more flexible in some ways but the call time can be demanding and works best if you have family and partner support; however, it is the most rewarding practice you will find. We are striving for happy committed nurses that have balance in their lives and expect that opening another position will help our nurses find that balance.

Salary is more typical of a part-time position and comparable to other birth centers with additional fees paid for birth, childbirth education and lactation visits. Health, dental, vision, life and malpractice insurance are paid. The most attractive applicant is an RN with 1 or more years of experience in a birth center, L&D and/or Mother/Baby care who is passionate about birth and the midwifery model of care. Requirements include an RN license in New Mexico with current BLS and NRP certifications.  IBCLC certification is preferred. Doula work or certification is a plus. We have a small intimate practice and being a skilled communicator, having strong organizational skills, paying attention to details, providing excellent documentation in electronic health record, problem solving, multi-tasking and being willing to do whatever is needed in a team care approach will be the best fit. Only serious candidates with a strong long-term commitment to living in New Mexico and preferably those with family ties should apply. New graduates who meet all the requirements including a strong background in labor and delivery and mother/baby care will be considered.

Interested RNs may forward a CV or resume and cover letter to Melanie Yanke CNM, Clinical Director