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, January 16, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, February 13 at 10 a.m. (moved from Feb. 6)

Saturday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 19 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 *****

400 babies born at Dar a Luz!

We are amazed, grateful and so excited to have welcomed 400 babies at the birth center since we opened in March 2011. Wow.

Want to support our mission? Share and donate to our year-end fundraiser through Amazon, Smith's, Facebook, United Way, or Paypal.



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 renewed Jan. 1 and you're pregnant, 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?




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.



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.



New Infant Feeding Group

What do you do if you can't or don't want to breastfeed? Come and get info and support at Dar a Luz, that's what! We support you!

Join us for the new Infant Feeding Group on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon. Come as you are!

For more info and a list of dates, visit our Calendar page.




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.




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.



Help support a new movie about home birth

Why Not Home? captures the beauty of natural birth in a way that is so hard to articulate. It shows inspiring stories of how medical professionals can collaborate to make birth better, and how women can be empowered in the process. Medical professionals and women need to see this film because it demonstrates what some of us already know, low risk birth should be considered simple and normal.”
— Jessica Taylor Goldstein, MD Family Medicine Obstetrical Care Provider and Resident Educator

Make a $50 donation to the “Why Not Home” movie kickstarter campaign, and you’ll be entitled to a pair of tickets to the event.

If ABQ reaches $1000 in donations through Kickstarter, we’ll have a movie screening! Please share widely among your networks to maximize ticket "sales" (donations). Here's the link to the kickstarter.



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.