Dar a Luz is Albuquerque's only freestanding birthing center where women and their families can experience a natural and compassionate birthing atmosphere.


photo: one of our first water births

How can you get started with Dar a Luz?

Come to an orientation!


Upcoming Orientations:

Saturday, November 21, at 10 a.m. (full)

Saturday, December 5, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, January 16, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, February 6 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, February 20 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 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


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, 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!

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 Erica.



***** NEWS *****

Insurance changes are common in the new year

Established clients: If you find out your insurance is changing in any way, please let our billing specialist Erica know. You can use our contact page to reach her here.

If your policy renews Jan. 1, she will be checking your new policy in the first weeks of the new year, and she'll notify you of any changes to your estimate.

If you are still thinking about coming to Dar a Luz, this is the time of year to explore your insurance options to see if you can get better coverage. Check out these great sources of info:

* the list of insurance companies we work with

* important information on the Healthcare Marketplace plans available

* Medicaid - is it right for you?



Holiday closures

Dar a Luz is always open to our laboring moms, but our clinic will be closed on the following days:

Nov. 25-27 for Thanksgiving

Dec. 23-25 for Christmas

Dec. 30-Jan. 1 for New Year's Eve and Day




Full Months

We are fully booked in some months. If your baby is due is in one of these months and you are not yet registered at Dar a Luz, we regret that we cannot register you for orientation or maternity care:

November 2015

December 2015

January 2016

February 2016


We do not keep waiting lists. When a month closes, it's closed forever.

For those due in March 2016 and beyond, we have room. However, we are starting to see more and more fully booked months, so come to orientation and register early!




Free breast pumps

Did you know that the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide new moms with 100% coverage for a breast pump?

Did you know that established Dar a Luz clients can now get a Medela double electric pump kit at Dar a Luz? That's about a $300 value at no cost to you.

Did you know that we will even teach you how to use your pump in our pumping class?

It's all true! Ask us how at your next maternity visit. Check out the pumping class schedule on our calendar here.




New CPR class scheduled

Join firefighter Kris Romero on Monday, Dec. 14, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., in a certification course in Infant, Child and Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). $35 per person.

Visit our Facebook event page for more details.

Please contact receptionist Tracy to register and arrange payment.



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.

Go to the Smith's registration page here and enroll with Dar a Luz.



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.

Read about it on our Support Groups page here.




No more Aetna at the Birth Center

We are no longer accepting NEW Aetna clients due to Aetna's refusal to negotiate a fair contract with us.

If you are an established client with Aetna, we will continue to bill Aetna for your care through 12/31/15.

If you have questions about this, contact shelley@daraluzbirthcenter.org




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.




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.




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.