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Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center

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Inside Dar a Luz

The Dar a Luz Birth Center feels like a home.

Photo courtesy Dar a Luz Birth Center

Where to Find Dar a Luz:

7708 4th Street NW
Los Ranchos, NM (between Ranchitos and Los Ranchos)
(505) 924-BABY (2229)

Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center:

Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center in Albuquerque is the newest option for women considering birth in an alternate setting.

Located one acre in Los Ranchos, it provides women and their families with an alternative place to give birth. Rather than a hospital setting, women can give birth in one of two birthing suites with tubs. There are visiting/exam rooms, a waiting area, and a multi-education area that will host birthing and specialty classes. Clients have access to a lending library, and a labyrinth in the back yard provides a place for calm movement.

Dar a Luz Birth was co-founded by Abigail Eaves, CNM, MSN; joining her are Melanie Yanke, CNM, MSN, along with a cadre of trained professionals.

The center offers the full scope of women's healthcare, including pregnancy and well woman care. Pregnancy care includes, but is not limited to:

  • prenatal care
  • lab work
  • ultrasound referrals
  • water birth
  • breastfeeding assistance
  • and postpartum care
  • annual exams
  • pap smears
  • STD testing and treatment
  • birth control
  • natural family planning
  • mammogram referrals
  • menopausal care.

    Any lab test needed for cholesterol, thyroid, glucose, and more can be taken care of at the center.

    Dar a Luz offers birth classes to prepare parents for birth at the center. Along with a traditional birth class, there is a Blissborn birth hypnosis class, and classes on breastfeeding and newborns. A carseat clinic teaches families how to choose and correctly install a carseat. Support groups on breastfeeding and birth trauma are also available. Learn about cloth diapers, nutrition and the benefits of chiropractic care. Prenatal yoga classes prepare mothers for labor and birth.

    The CNMs have full prescriptive authority and work with collaborating physicians. They contract with all major insurance companies as well as Medicaid. Self-pay clients receive discounted services. Free and/or discounted services may be available to underserved families. The center is a nonprofit, and has some grant funds as well as donations.

    Dar a Luz is based on the Midwifery model of care and the Wellness Model. Both models are directed by the principles of sensitivity, prevention, safety, limited and appropriate intervention and cost effectiveness.

    Research shows birth centers as safe for low-risk pregnancies and birth, and cost effective. There is quick access to medical technology and hospital transfer, if appropriate.

    Birth centers are endorsed by the American College of Nurse Midwives, the World Health Organization, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Association of Birth Centers.

    Dr. Larry Leeman serves as Medical Director/Medical Consultant for the center. Dr. Leeman is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at UNM and an OB/GYN.

    Visit Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center's website.

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