As you all aware, the novel coronavirus or 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.
As we begin opening non-essential businesses and getting back to some sense of “normal” in New Mexico, much at Dar a Luz will remain as it is now. There is some guidance from the New Mexico Medical Advisory Team about how to operate medical clinics and basically, it is clear that what we are already doing is what is recommended for the foreseeable future. The following are our current policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:
We understand that these are strict measures, and that they impact not only our clients but our staff and entire organization. Our goal is always to be proactive instead of reactive and we hope these measures that increase social distancing will keep our birth center free of COVID-19 and operating as close to usual as possible so that we can continue to offer safe out-of-hospital birth. Dar a Luz staff are healthy, organized, optimistic and ready to take action and make changes as needed.
One final note: We can’t let our guard down now. With a gradual re-opening, we might even be at more risk now than we were before. More people are out, more businesses are opening. My staff and I believe that wearing masks can greatly reduce the transmission of this virus and I thank and applaud everyone for the willingness to do so—remember this keeps you safe and it keeps us safe and open to care for you. The changes we have made are now the new normal and will remain that way until the threat of this virus to our most vulnerable has been mitigated. Thank you for taking the time to read this. We are in this together.
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.