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 Birth Center Orientations:

Saturday, August 29, at 10 a.m. (full)

Saturday, September 12, at 10 a.m. (full)

Saturday, October 3, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, October 17, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, November 7, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, November 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 your first prenatal appointment.
  • REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED -- no drop-ins please. Moms with the soonest due dates will get preferential placement.
  • Arrive at the start time. 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.


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 Shelley.



***** NEWS *****

Join us for a special demo of a Music Together class during our normal Breastfeeding Support Group!  Wednesday, August 26, at 10:15 a.m.

Grown ups and babies will sing, dance and play together, in addition to learning how music can be a powerful way for you to bond with your child.

Read more about it on our Facebook events page.

Terrie is a Board Certified Music Therapist and music teacher with more than 10 years of experience providing music therapy and Music Together classes for infants and children.

RSVP by visiting www.singandswingsw.org and click "Free Demo Class.”



Support group special events coming up!

August 29, 2015, 1:30 - 4 p.m., help assemble comfort boxes for new families coming into the NM Share support group (rescheduled from Aug. 22)

September 10, 2015, 6-8 p.m., join us for a special new parent support group where we’ll learn some special EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) triggers to release negative emotions.

Honoring pregnancy and baby loss
October 15, 2015, candle ceremony at Dar a Luz
October 17, 2015, loss walk at Tiguex park

Contact staff counselor Kimberlee for more information on these events.

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.



Get fit with us!

Join the Functional Female Intro Class at Crossfit Assimilation in the North Valley, and jumpstart your body and fitness. Trainer Elijah expertly combines body weight exercises, calisthenics, and circuit style training. $50 includes 6 sessions & Nutrition Plan Packets - a great value.

Crossfit Assimilation is donating 50% of the funds from this class back to Dar a Luz!

Classes run August 17 to 28 at 10:30 am Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Read more about it on our Facebook Events page here.



New! A support group just for the partners

Please help us spread the word! Our newest support group is all about supporting the people who take care of a pregnant or new mother and baby. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 6:00-7:00 in the evenings.

Read more 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.