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:

Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 16, 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 you can make your first prenatal appointment at Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center.

Please call to register, and arrive at the start time.

Space is limited, so please help us accommodate everyone by limiting the number of guests you bring.

Moms with the soonest due dates will get preferential placement. Thanks for understanding!


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.  The sooner you start, 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.



***** NEWS *****


Join us Sunday, March 8, for a 20% Fundraiser at Bistronomy B2B

Please come to Nob Hill and visit us at B2B Sunday evening March 8. Dar a Luz will recieve 20% of all food sales. Birth center staff will be on hand from noon to 9 p.m. to greet you at the door.

You'll love these burgers! They're made with New Mexico farm fresh Angus beef that has never been frozen. It's all natural, humanely handled, grass-fed, free range, sustainable ... what more could you want (besides some cheese and bacon on top)?

Visit their website for a full menu: http://bistronomyb2b.com/


Our efforts in the NM Legislature are working. Thank you to all who showed up to speak on our behalf!

Executive Director Abigail and Clinic Director Melanie have been working tirelessly on a bill that would provide a license for birth centers through the Department of Health. So far the bill has been recommended unanimously by the committes that reviewed it. It's on its way to the floor for a vote soon.  If it goes through, insurance companies will be able to include Dar a Luz in their networks. That will mean our birth center service fees (facility fees) would have much better insurance coverage, saving you money. We charge so much less than hospitals -- it will save insurance companies money, too (which ultimately saves you even more)! Please watch for newsletter announcements to find out how you can support this measure.

Read more about it in our Feb. 20 newsletter here.



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.



We are an official sponsor of The NM Intramural Open with Primal Athletics (AKA CrossFit Hunger) beginning Friday, Feb. 27, and every Friday for the next 5 weeks. The competitions start at 5:30 p.m. Get in shape and have fun!



Join us for a clothing exchange the first and third Wednesday morning each month during Breastfeeding Support Group.

Bring your gently used newborn, toddler and maternity clothes to trade with other mothers, enjoy snacks and good company.

Contact Alyssa with questions.





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.





Support groups need your support.

They're not just for those who had "really bad" experiences. They're for everyone!

Join other mothers Thursday evenings to support yourself, your family and each other.

Build community. Connect.

Read about it on our Support Groups page here.

Anybody can come for free, confidential group support and fellowship with our licensed staff counselors.




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.