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 02/15/21

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. Please also see the most current state Public Health Orders regarding travel and other recommendations found here

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 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. 
  4. 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. 
  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. 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. 
  10. As with our regular office policy, clients who are more than 10 minutes late to their appointment will be rescheduled. 

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. 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. 
  3. Laboring clients and all labor partners are required to wear face masks during labor and birth when the birth attendants are in the room. 

Postpartum 

  1. All clients, regardless of how they have birthed, will be allowed to bring one partner with them for postpartum/newborn visits through 2 weeks.

Classes and Support Groups

  1. All childbirth education classes will take place on Zoom. Classes are still required for all new Dar a Luz clients. Class requirements can be found here
  2. Support groups have been postponed until further notice due to lack of attendance.

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 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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