My wife and I came here for the births of three of our babies. The only reason we didn't have our first child here is that we didn't know about it, and we really wish we had! The whole experience at Dar a Luz is like going to a spa or a high-end resort, only better, because everyone there loves birth and babies. Our first birth, at a hospital, did not even compare. And the out-of-pocket cost was basically the same. This should be a no-brainer. Unless you are higher-risk and must go to a hospital, have your baby at Dar a Luz!
I cannot even come close to describing the absolute best care I've gotten here in only one appointment. I'd had 8 appointments at UNM and 1 at triage with no idea why I was having bleeding problems constantly with no resolution. My first appointment here was beyond amazing. I got two midwives for my appointment who were incredibly kind and thorough with my medical history addressing any concerns I might have had. They said they would get to the bottom of why I was bleeding during pregnancy and ensure the baby is safe. After having only 1 appointment there, my midwife, Lauren has called me no less than 3 times to check on me to see how I'm doing, when she had results, and then later once I had time to digest results to see if I had any questions. She then even offered her personal cell phone number in case I had more questions after I talked with my partner. This level of care is unprecedented and I couldn't recommend them highly enough.
My experience at Dar a Luz was beautiful. This was my second child, and my first was born at home in another state. As such, it was important to me that the birth take place a comfortable, safe space. Dar a Luz provided just that. The midwives are knowledgeable, decisive, respectful, and sensitive--all things I wanted from the people attending my son's birth. When I went into labor there were two other women already laboring at the birth center (a rare occasion!). The midwives handled it all very well. We ended up being able to stay in the room we birthed in through the night. I am a lucky woman in that the two times I have given birth have gone smoothly; nonetheless, having such competent and trustworthy support makes all the difference. Abigail, Melanie, Ruth, and Susan will do all they can and more to support the Mamas at Dar a Luz. I appreciate all the love, attention to detail, and effort that goes into not only providing this option for the women of Albuquerque, but also making it such a good one. Dar a Luz was undoubtedly the right choice for me!