Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center
Position Statement and Policies
Regarding COVID-19

As you all aware, COVID-19 has created a worldwide pandemic.

Dar a Luz is taking this virus very seriously. We are also taking seriously the recommendations of social distancing and isolation, to keep our mothers and newborns safe. Because of the nature of our work and the commitment to the safety of our clients and their families, we have implemented the following policies, which will stay in effect until experts declare that the risk is mitigated.

We may change our policies at any time, in order to protect the health and well-being of our clients and our staff.

Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center

COVID-19 Policies for Clients

Revised 10/4/20

Please see our policies for clients below. This list will be updated as new information surfaces regarding best practices. Thank you for choosing Dar a Luz, for allowing us to care for you, and for your understanding during this critical time. 

Prenatal Clinic

  1. Prenatal visits will be scheduled at 12, 20, 28, 32, 34, 36 weeks and then weekly through the remainder of pregnancy. 
  2. Prenatal clients may bring ONE person with them to their first prenatal  appointment ONLY (called the new OB visit).
  3. All clients must check in at the front desk with a staff member for temperature screening as well as COVID screening questions. These questions generally have to do with symptoms, exposure to coronavirus, and recent travel for you or someone you have been in contact with. These questions may vary from time to time based on new information. Dar a Luz staff may refuse entry of any client if there is suspicion of exposure. 
  4. If a client answers “yes” to any of the screening questions, the client will be sent out of the building and we will determine if the visit can take place outside, or if the visit needs to be rescheduled as a telehealth visit or an in-person visit at a later date. 
  5. Clients are requested to use hand sanitizer upon arrival and then should wash their hands in the client bathroom.
  6. All staff and clients are required to wear a face mask during all client encounters. Ill-fitting masks and face coverings such as gaiters, bandanas, balaclavas, scarves, and face shields will not be accepted. If you don’t have a well-fitting mask, you will be provided with one upon your arrival. 
  7. All visitors are required to wear well-fitting face masks as well. 
  8. No children are allowed in the clinic other than newborn babies for their well-baby exam.
  9. We do not have a public restroom. If you have someone in the car waiting for you, including your child(ren), they will not be permitted to use the restroom. Please be mindful of this. 
  10. As with our regular office policy, clients who are more than 10 minutes late to their appointment will be rescheduled. 
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Labor & Birth

  1. Laboring clients may have up to TWO labor support people with them. This includes your partner, another family member, friend, doula, or a photographer. Family members must be at least 13 years old. 
  2. Laboring clients will be screened at the front desk in the same manner as all office visits. 
  3. All labor partners will be screened at the front door as well.
  4. Labor partners may not switch out—that is: if you have a third person outside or waiting, they may not come inside if someone else leaves. 
  5. Laboring clients and all labor partners are required to wear face masks during labor and birth when the birth attendants are in the room. 
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Postpartum 

  1. Screening questions and face masks are still required at all postpartum and lactation visits. 
  2. For those who have had a vaginal birth, your partner may come to your postpartum visits through the first week. 
  3. For those who have had a cesarean section, your partner may come to your postpartum visits through the first two weeks. 

Classes and Support Groups

  1. All classes will take place on Zoom. Classes are still required for all new Dar a Luz clients. Class requirements can be found here.
  2. Almost all support groups have been postponed until further notice due to lack of attendance.
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We know these policies can be difficult at a time when new babies are coming into this world. Birth and life as we know it has changed for the time being. Please understand we are a small staff and cannot risk exposure to coronavirus. If only a very small fraction of our staff test positive and/or become ill, we will have to close the center. These policies are in place for our protection and for yours. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at 505.273.5583.

With health and humility, 

Abigail Lanin Eaves, CNM

Executive and Clinical Director

Phone numbers for clients include:

Main phone number: 505.924.2229

Tracy (front desk), extension 0

Registered nurse/triage line, extension 5

Midwife on call (established clients ONLY), extension 8

If you have further questions or concerns that have not been answered in this policy, you may call Abigail directly using extension 2.

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