Mask update 5/15/21. The New Mexico Department of Health has announced the state’s adoption of the CDC’s guidelines on face masks for those who are fully vaccinated. The updated health order can be found HERE.
While the CDC has advised that in most circumstances, it is no longer necessary for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask, the New Mexico Department of Health continues to mandate mask wearing, regardless of vaccination status, in the following settings:
- Health care settings, including but not limited to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and doctors’ offices
- Correctional facilities
- Homeless shelters
- Public transportation, including but not limited to buses, trains, and planes and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations
- Schools for all students and school staff
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 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.
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 visits will be scheduled at 12, 20, 28, 32, 34, 36 weeks and then weekly through the remainder of pregnancy.
- Prenatal clients may bring ONE person with them to their appointments (as long as that person is 13 years old or older).
- 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 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.
- All visitors are required to wear well-fitting face masks as well.
- No children are allowed in the clinic, other than newborn babies for their well-baby exam.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Laboring clients and all labor partners are required to wear face masks during labor and birth when the birth attendants are in the room.
- All clients, regardless of how they have birthed, will be allowed to bring one partner (age 13+) with them for postpartum/newborn visits.
Classes and Support Groups
- 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
- 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