Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum

The pregnancy and postpartum period can be filled with lots of joy, but it can also be overwhelming when researching all of your options. Many families are choosing their care provider, where they will deliver, alternative medicine services, and let’s not forget all the choices to make once baby is born!

It is our hope that this guide helps new moms in Albuquerque. We sincerely hope that you will find this guide to be a helpful part of your journey into and through motherhood.

Lovelace Health Systems Birthing Centers

Nothing is more natural than delivering a child and Lovelace is here for you every step of the way to make sure your delivery is as comfortable as possible. Lovelace Birthing Centers are committed to providing exceptional, comfortable and convenient care. Whether you deliver at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, Lovelace Westside Hospital or Lovelace Regional Hospital, you will be surrounded by caring and compassionate providers. We offer the best care from a broad spectrum of birthing options including 24/7 anesthesiology coverage, state-of-the-art C-section rooms, and other special services to provide our families with medically advanced, compassionate care during one of life’s most important moments. Whether you are considering a natural birth or a traditional delivery, you can feel confident that we are here for you.

Lovelace would like to make your pregnancy experience as memorable and as stress-free as possible by helping you navigate your health care. No matter your insurance or birthing plan, join our Labor of Love program for access to free pregnancy perks and assistance finding a doctor or insurance.  We offer education classes, support and resources.

Call 727.2727 for more information about Lovelace’s Birthing Centers

New Life Birth Services

New Life Birth Services is a collective of birth and postpartum doulas, lactation consultants, placenta encapsulation specialists, and yoga instructors serving the greater Albuquerque area. We are often asked, “what kind of doulas are you?” The best way for us to answer that is to say, “we are the doulas that serve YOU.” We do not have an agenda behind our ideas or suggestions, and we work to meet each of our families with the highest level of non-judgmental support when they need it the most.

You are the author of your story, we are just lucky to be a part of it. At New Life, we proudly serve birthing and postpartum people regardless of their beliefs, family structure, or gender. The wide range of families we serve bring joy to our lives and we hope we bring some peace-of-mind and exceptionally compassionate support to theirs. Please class 505-375-4433 with any questions.

Dar A Luz Birth & Health Center

Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center is New Mexico’s only licensed freestanding birth center. Nestled in the heart of the North Valley in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, your individualized care is provided by a diverse and experienced group of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs). Dar a Luz accepts low risk women into care who are interested in having an out-of-hospital birth experience. We accept all insurances for professional midwifery fees and facility fees including Medicaid and all Centennial payers. We provide well-woman gynecological care, contraception services, prenatal care, labor and birth services, postpartum follow-up and newborn care for the first month. We consult and collaborate with many well-known and respected providers throughout the Albuquerque area when needed. We offer tours on a monthly basis to give you a chance to meet the midwives, see the center, and see if it’s the right choice for you.

The Fertility Center of New Mexico

Until you hold that baby in your arms for the first time, you just can’t appreciate what Dr. Thompson does,” says Krysta B., the happy, proud mother of twins. “I went to a different fertility Doctor for two years, but with no results…and then I met Dr. Thompson. In our first appointment I got a little emotional, but I could tell he felt everything I felt. He has such a kind heart for his patients.” Dr. Thompson sums up the Fertility Center of New Mexico’s mission: “I want to provide the best experience I can for our patients. That means combining cutting edge medicine with good old-fashioned compassion.” The Fertility Center of New Mexico has an on-site state of the art laboratory, and Dr. Thompson, the founder, has achieved many fertility medicine breakthroughs and is one of the most highly experienced fertility Doctors in the Southwest. The Fertility Center of New Mexico. Families start here.

CHI St. Joseph's Children

CHI St. Joseph’s Children is a free Home Visiting program for first time parents. Our goal is to ensure that children reach kindergarten with the health and family capacity necessary to support learning. Program participation begins any time during pregnancy or up until a baby is 2 months old.

During pregnancy and baby’s first 3 years of life, learn about expectations at childbirth, breastfeeding, nutrition, bonding, physical/emotional changes during pregnancy, infant growth/development, infant massage, and much more.

Families in the Program are entitled to receive Enhanced Referral Services. A Referral Specialist will connect families with resources: housing, medical, food, employment, legal issues, education, counseling, clothing, domestic violence, among other case management’s needs.

CHISJC supports all families: ages, ethnicities, cultures, languages, faith traditions and beliefs, compositions, sizes, incomes and educational accomplishments. 

Currently serving Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, Luna, Doña Ana, Cibola, and Chavez Counties. For more info, please call 505-924-8000.

High Desert Chiropractic & Wellness

Dr. Karen Genter, owner of High Desert Chiropractic and Wellness, has been in practice since 1995. She helps in many facets of healthcare through gentle, effective adjustments and specializes in the delicate needs of pregnant women, as well as infants and children, but treats everyone from birth through elder years.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy has been proven not only to help with back, leg, pelvic and hip pain, but also allows you to have an easier, faster labor and delivery. Dr. Genter is Webster Technique certified, a specific technique that allows for optimal positioning of the baby for birth.
Dr. Genter offers consultations, examinations, testing, adjustments, physiotherapies and nutrition.  Most insurance is accepted.  Personal pay discounts are available.  Pregnancy certified Licensed Massage Therapist is on site, as well as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.  Located one block south of Montgomery off San Mateo.

5310 Homestead Road NE, Suite 202 A (San Mateo and Montgomery)

Center for Holistic Health

We at the Center for Holistic Health understand that creating and sustaining new life, birthing and adapting to the changes that can occur as your family grows presents unique challenges on all levels. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have been utilized for centuries, being shown to be efficacious in the promotion of fertility, optimizing good health for both you and your baby during pregnancy, facilitating the birth process and assisting to rebalance your system after birth.

With over 45 years of experience and certifications in bodywork, counseling, childbirth education, pain management and traumatic stress and as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Fellow of the Acupuncture Board of Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Diane Polasky specializes in providing support with the physical and emotional shifts that accompany this profound time of life. Working collaboratively with other medical specialists, commonly treated issues include, but are not limited to, nausea/vomiting, ligament/muscular pain, blood pressure/blood sugar changes, edema, breech position, premature/delayed/prolonged labor, lactation difficulties, anxiety/fear/depression during pregnancy and postpartum and endocrine re-stablization after birth.

For more details, please see Dr. Polasky’s website or call the office. We look forward to being part of your team!

1000 Eubank Blvd NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87112

ABQ Family Chiropractic

As Albuquerque leading prenatal and pediatric chiropractic expert,  it is our mission to improve this generations health. We believe that every child is born to be healthy and that can’t happen if moms are not healthy themselves. We know that every mom goes through huge changes after having a new baby. No matter if it’s your 1st  or you have had multiple babies. You are going through enormous changes physically, mentally, and especially neurological. The stress you are experiencing is what is causing you to not feel yourself. You don’t have to continue struggling with anxiety, lack of sleep, brain fog, and fatigue. We can help you with safe, effective, gentle chiropractic care. 

Thrive Chiropractic & Wellness

Here at Thrive, we offer a growing portal to your wellness needs. Dr. Little has been seeing pregnant patients along with their babies and children since 2005. She offers specific, gentle chiropractic adjustments for all patients regardless of age. We also have massage, craniosacral therapy and live blood analysis with nutritional counseling. We have yoga and other body movement classes for all ages as well as events planned throughout the year. Dr. Little is actively training with the ICPA to enrich the services and knowledge offered to her patients. She also is connecting with doulas, midwives and educational groups through out the community to offer the best care possible. Come grow with us and Thrive ON!

Rio Grande Body Works

Sore feet and aching backs can be greatly eased by a Prenatal Massage. Hormonal shifts during pregnancy can cause skin concerns such as acne or dryness, which can be tackled with a relaxing Custom Facial. The professional, experienced team at Rio Grande Body Works would love to help you through your pregnancy in comfort. While massage and facials are beneficial for expectant mothers, there are some limitations. Mention your pregnancy when booking so we can ascertain which treatments are safe and helpful for you, and ensure you are placed with the right staff. We look forward to working with you!

Enchanted Moments Birth Services

Enchanted Moments Birth Services is a midwifery practice offering homebirth, birth and postpartum doula services, and placenta encapsulation. We strive to offer respectful, compassionate, and evidence-informed care to all families regardless of race, religion, sexuality, gender, age, or ability. We believe that quality maternity and health care is a right for everyone. As an Evidence Based Birth®️ Instructor, we offer several different classes to accommodate the needs of pregnant families and birth professionals. We offer a free consultation appointment for those interested in our homebirth or doula services. Enchanted Moments is delighted to serve Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

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One Response to Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum

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    Brianna September 5, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    Such great information, Jessica! It’s so important to know what services are available to us women in Albuquerque.