FAQs

"Dedicated to providing compassionate and holistic prenatal care, women's health services and a safe alternative to hospital birth for women and their families."

What is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)?

All of the Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) at Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center hold a master's degrees in nursing and have clinical experience caring for pregnant women after numerous years of hands-on experience.

CNMs provide prenatal care to expecting mothers, attend the birth and provide postpartum care to the mother and her baby. They specialize in normal pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. CNMs also provide general women's health care and are able to write prescriptions and treat common women's health issues.  

Is it safe to have my baby at a birth center?

YES! Except for serious medical conditions, all pregnant women are eligible for care by the CNMs at Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center. Women of any age who begin their pregnancy in a healthy state generally remain healthy and have a normal delivery.

The National Birth Center Study
A multi-center study of over 17,000 women seeking birth center care published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that birth centers offer a safe and acceptable alternative to hospital birth for healthy, low-risk women, and that birth center care leads to fewer cesarean sections.

We suggest to register for a tour of the birth center for further information.

Do you offer water birth?

YES! Dar a Luz is the only birth center in Albuquerque that offers birth in the water. Water birth has proven to be safe, and perhaps even safer for the mother and baby. 

Can my family be present for the birth?

YES! Some clients have multiple friends and family attend their births; others prefer the privacy of being alone with their partner. We do hope that you remember that the few short hours following your birth are extremely important for bonding, breastfeeding and getting to know each other -- and that this is a special time that you only experience once. Sometimes, it's best for your family and friends to wait to come and see you until after you are settled into your own home. But it's up to you. We also ask that if you bring another child with you to the birth, they have their own adult present who is NOT the baby's other parent or the mother's birth partner.

How much does it cost and will my insurance pay for it?

We contract with major insurance companies, but each policy is different, so we will provide each person that attends a tour a personalized estimate of care based on your insurance policy. Payment  plans can be arranged to meet almost any budget. Please register for one of our tours here.

Read more about insurance and payment here.

“I never felt rushed during any of my appointments, and believed each midwife was genuinely interested in listening to and addressing any questions or concerns that I had.”

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