Start Your Journey With Us

We are so honored that we can be part of this amazing journey with you. Read on to learn the easy steps you can take to have your new baby at Dar a Luz.

Step One:
Confirm that Dar a Luz meets your needs

Women with these conditions ARE ELIGIBLE for a birth center birth:
  • Advanced maternal age (women 35 and over)
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Previous premature birth
  • Previous over-due birth
  • Previous large baby
  • Previous pregnancy induced high blood pressure
  • Previous postpartum hemorrhage
  • Previous miscarriage
  • Use of fertility measures to achieve pregnancy
  • Diet controlled gestational diabetes
  • Previous birth with forceps or vacuum extractor
  • Mother with genital herpes (no active lesion during birth)
  • Previous cesarean section (must meet specific criteria)
These conditions require a higher level of care than our birth center can offer:
  • Breech (bottom first) baby at time of labor
  • Pregnant with more than one baby
  • Pre-existing diabetes
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Heavy cigarette smoker
  • Current drug user
  • Chronic high blood pressure
  • Severe heart disease
  • Epilepsy/seizure disorder
  • Hyper-thyroid disease (over-active thyroid) (Note: low or hypothyroid disease that is well managed is acceptable)
  • Vertical cesarean incision (aka "classical" incision)
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pre-pregnant BMI (body mass index) greater than 39.9. Calculate your BMI 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.”

Step Two:
Attend a tour

Come meet the midwives, tour the center and get your questions answered about natural childbirth in a birthing center. Each tour includes a brief presentation and is 1.5 hours long.

We usually offer two tours every month, on the second and third Saturdays.

You must attend a tour before you can make your first prenatal appointment at the birth center. Please be sure to register and arrive 10 minutes early to sign in. The presentation will start promptly at 10 a.m. You may attend a tour before or during your pregnancy.  If you are over 32 weeks pregnant, please bring a copy of your records for the midwives to review after the tour.

Our Philosophy

Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center believes:

  • In empowering women.

  • Education is the foundation that is essential to optimal healthcare. We will freely exchange knowledge, offer a variety of educational classes and encourage women to make their own informed decisions about their lives, including healthcare, contraception, childbirth and motherhood.

  • The proper utilization of current research and technology is valuable in providing the best possible care.

  • Birth is a normal, healthy and powerful life event for a woman and her family. The duty of the caregiver is to trust a woman's capability to birth her baby, provide a safe and individualized birthing atmosphere free of unnecessary interventions, and recognize and manage deviations from the normal birth process with appropriate and safe interventions.

  • Breastfeeding is the best option for women and babies. We encourage and support breastfeeding for all infants.

  • Family is defined by the individual. We encourage the participation of family members in a client's healthcare, pregnancy and/or childbirth.

  • Educating the general public about midwifery, natural birth, out-of-hospital birth, breastfeeding and holistic healthcare is worthwhile.

  • In being a learning center for student healthcare providers such as nurses, midwives and physicians, and teaching the art of providing care in a respectful, considerate manner.

  • In striving to be an environmentally conscientious organization, minimizing our environmental impact and encouraging others to do the same.

  • In respecting and honoring all individuals regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion/philosophy, sexual orientation, ability, gender expression, socio-economic status or any other personal characteristic.

  • Women have the right to quality healthcare and the unique services offered at a birth center regardless of the ability to pay. We strive to serve underserved populations of women including the uninsured, underinsured and other marginalized peoples through the help of various grants and private donations.

  • Compassionate care for women throughout their lifecycles, especially during childbirth, has a substantial and beneficial effect on the family and therefore society as a whole.

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