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, Jan. 17, 2015, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 21, 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 *****


Donation challenge -- you did it!  Thank you!

In mid-December, we asked you to help us raise $15,000 before the end of the year so we could qualify for a matching donation from an anonymous donor.  You did it!  Just before midnight we received a flood of donations that put us over $15,000 and our benefactor doubled it. We are so grateful!

If you'd like to donate in 2015, use the Paypal button below, mail a check, or call in with your credit card. It's 100% tax-deductible, and helps us continue serving New Mexico families with affordable, high-quality healthcare and so much more.






We are now fully in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance

As of January 1, we have a facility contract with BCBS, in addition to the professional contracts we've always had! This is great news, as we have been working with BCBS for over three years to get our facility covered for their members.

If you have BCBS insurance based in any state, contact our office manager to find out how affordable your maternity care can be.

Our facility fees are being brought into the networks of more and more insurance companies:

Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Molina Centennial Care, Molina Marketplace/Exchange, New Mexico Health Connections, and United Military & Veterans

That means our fees are covered the same as any doctor's and hospital's fees ... but because our fees are lower, in most cases your out-of-pocket cost is lower. Birth centers save everyone money!





We will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.




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.




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.