Doulas

Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center is proud to partner with many doulas in our community. Read on for some suggestions, or bring your own!

Virtual doula teas are back!

New Life Birth Services, our doula partners, host Doula Teas (virtually!) every second Saturday of the month and fourth Monday of the month. We are thrilled to share these visits with expecting families to share information about birth support. To register, click HERE.

What is a doula?

Doula (pronounced “doo-luh”) is a trained and experienced birth companion who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing person before, during, and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. This support is extended beyond the birthing person to provide the support person(s) with information and emotional support.

A doula does not provide medical care, but is a wonderful addition to your birth team. The presence of a doula has been shown to shorten labor, reduce pain, dramatically reduce the need for interventions such as epidurals and c-sections, increase satisfaction with the experience and deepen bonding with the new baby.

How can I get a doula?

There are several other doulas and doula collectives we love to refer our clients to:

  • Ember Birth Services is dedicated to providing professional, reliable and compassionate care during pregnancy and the postpartum period. They are a community-centered practice with many local resources. Their doulas are experienced in attending births and caring for postpartum families in and around Albuquerque. They respect and serve all birthing preferences and offer a variety of services. Founders Angelique Steadman and Sarah Allen care deeply about providing support for women who cannot afford the cost of what, at this point in time, is currently only available to middle-class predominantly white families, and thus started a scholarship fund that is built into the cost of each service provided. They also provide culturally-competent support, and highlight the practices of different cultures, traditions, and inclusivity, while recognizing the effects of systemic racism.

  • ABQ Doulas and Birth Services recognizes that every birth is unique to the family experiencing it. ABQ Doulas support a peaceful, informed, and positive journey. They provide exceptional care to help you experience a birth completely suited to you and your family. Every parent should have an atmosphere of peace and love in which to deliver their child. They are here to offer non-judgmental support you as you make informed choices about your birth, whether you are planning an unmedicated birth, an induction, a birth with an epidural, a water birth, a VBAC, or a cesarean birth. They also provide placenta encapsulation, lactation support and postpartum care.

  • We are proud to partner with New Life Birth Services. The New Life Doula Collective is available 24/7 to support Dar a Luz families who must suddenly transfer to a hospital before birth.
Please note: For pricing information please contact New Life via the links above.

There are several ways you might receive doula services from New Life Birth Services:

  • Imminent delivery: Sometimes before labor begins, the mother must go to the hospital to get labor started or receive other interventions leading to delivery within a relatively short time. In this scenario, our midwives can call the doula collective and request a doula to assist the mother. The doula will help her cope with the sudden change of venue, help the family navigate the new realities of hospital birth, and support them through any interventions. She will also provide the mother with two postpartum visits to help process the experience and provide other emotional and practical support in the home. Families who utilize this service are billed directly by New Life Birth Services after birth.

  • Transfer in labor: Sometimes a mom who has been laboring at the birth center must go to the hospital before her baby is born. If that happens, our midwives can request a doula to meet the family at the birth center or the hospital and stay with the laboring family until the baby is born. This support can make a big difference in the transition from birth center to hospital. It also helps families feel that a part of the birth center experience has come with them into their new birthing space. The doula will visit the family once after birth to help them process the experience and provide other emotional and practical support in the home. Families who utilize this service are billed directly by New Life Birth Services after birth.

  • Private hire: Some parents decide they’d like to have a doula no matter what, whether they birth at Dar a Luz or transfer out of our care. These doula services are more comprehensive than those provided in the first two scenarios above (imminent delivery and transfer in labor), including benefits such as prenatal visits, massage, henna, birth blessing celebrations, meditation or hypnosis practice, birth plan writing, clarifying birth goals, prenatal yoga, placenta encapsulation, or other holistic support. Doulas from New Life Birth Services are available for private hire, and because they are familiar with everything about the birth center, we are proud to recommend them. Families who hire their own doula (with New Life or any other private hire) assume the full cost of those services. To find out about pricing and availability, contact a New Life Doula directly using the contact information below. We support you in whatever you choose.

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