As a health clinic that serves a high-risk population, our mask mandate at Dar a Luz remains unchanged. Mask wearing and Covid-safe practices will continue at the birth center. We will continue to evaluate and update as the CDC and NM DOH reviews available data and develops additional guidance. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Read on! All of our current Covid policies are below.
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
Dar a Luz is taking this virus very seriously. We are also taking seriously the recommendations of social distancing and isolation, to keep our birthing people 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.
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 visits will be scheduled between 10-12 weeks (if newly pregnant), and repeat visits at 18, 24, 32, 34, 36 weeks and then weekly through the remainder of pregnancy. If you are newly pregnant and need an early ultrasound or have some other need before your first visit, please call to discuss and we will schedule as needed.
- Prenatal clients may bring TWO PEOPLE with them to their appointments. (Children are welcome — all children 2 and older must wear and be able to keep on a mask. Children may not be left unattended).
- All clients will sign in. By entering the building, you are acknowledging that you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, that you have not been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19 and/or that you have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- If any of those things are true, we ask that you do not enter the building. We ask that you call or text the front desk at (505) 924-2229 and let Tracy know that you need to reschedule your current appointment. A midwife will be in touch with you and will help determine when you can come back to the center.
- Clients are requested to use hand sanitizer upon arrival, and then should wash their hands in the client bathroom.
- All staff, clients, and visitors are required to wear a well-fitting face mask that covers your nose and mouth 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. The only exception to this rule is children under 2 years old.
- You will be asked to leave if you do not wear your mask correctly.
- We do not have a public restroom. There is a clean porta-potty on the northeast side of the property, which is just for Dar a Luz visitors who are not allowed into the center.
- As with our regular office policy, clients who are more than 10 minutes late to their appointment will be rescheduled.
Labor & Birth
- Laboring clients may have up to THREE labor support people with them. This includes your partner, another family member, friend, doula, or a photographer. Children are allowed, and those 2 years and older must wear a mask. Children must be supervised by an adult who is not the laboring client.
- Laboring clients and all labor partners are required to wear well-fitting face masks that COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE during labor and birth when the birth attendants are in the room.
- Clients may bring TWO PEOPLE with them to their appointments (not including new baby).
- See above; same rules as “Prenatal Clinic” apply.
Classes and Support Groups
- Education classes are still largely taking place on Zoom. If your class or group is in-person, you will receive notification about guidelines. If your class or group is on Zoom, you will receive a Zoom link 3 days and 1 day before it starts. Classes are still required for all Dar a Luz clients. Class requirements can be found here.
- Support groups are slowly returning — watch newsletters and Facebook for these groups.
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