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, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m.


7708 4th Street NW (map)

Come meet the midwives, tour the center and get your questions answered about natural childbirth in a birthing center. Each orientation is 1.5 hours long and you must attend an orientation before you can make your first prenatal appointment at the birth 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 your understanding!


Here are many more details about our orientations


We encourage you to read about the cost of care and our financial policies before registering for an orientation


To register, call (505) 924-2229, ext. 0  (505-924-BABY)




***** NEWS *****


Our Rally to Improve Birth was on KOB Channel 4 News! Check it out.




Join us for a screening of the new film Microbirth at the Guild Cinema on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m.

Read more on our Facebook page




Baby Sleep Basics by Tekla Johnson

Sept. 17 at 4:30, join Tekla Johnson, Pediatric Sleep Consultant, as she helps parents understand infant sleep and answers basic sleep questions. Learn how infant development affects sleep, routines to start early for healthy lifelong sleep habits, and so much more. This class is intended for parents of babies 0-12 months old as well as expecting families. The class is free but a small donation is requested.  Call us for more information and to register.

If you like it, consider coming to her full Sleep and Nap Solutions Class. See our Calendar for details.




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 offers safe and effective Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for labor analgesia.

We're proud of it because so few facilities offer it, yet it's so simple, effective and safe.

Read about nitrous oxide for labor here.



Ever wonder what would happen if you had to transfer from the birth center to the hospital in labor?

We've got you covered.

1. We provide you a doula for a fraction of the normal cost if you are transferred in labor (or when labor is imminent).  You can hire them yourself, too. Read about our doula service here.

Meet our doulas and learn about this important and comforting service at our next Doula Tea Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

2. Attend an information session about transfers and interventions hosted by midwives and support staff, and enjoy dinner on us!  The next one is Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 5:45 p.m.

Please call the birth center to register for these events.



Support groups have new days and times!

This therapeutic support is available Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings.

Read about it on our Support Groups page here.

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

We support grieving parents and family members, those with traumatic birth stories, young moms, single moms and everybody experiencing the challenges of the postpartum period.



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.

Join our Strong Start program and let us provide some support services at no charge to you. Read more here.