Advice for pregnancy & delivery during COVID-19

Lovelace Women’s Hospital is here for you to help keep you and your baby safe. We are taking steps to ensure a safe delivery for you and your baby during this time, including:

  1. Daily COVID-19 screenings for all patients and staff – temperature checks and daily questionnaires about potential exposure
  2. COVID-19 tests administered to patients that are high risk
  3. Separate facilities for treating COVID-19 patients and those awaiting COVID test results
  4. All patients, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask
  5. COVID-19 tests administered to patients that are admitted to labor and delivery

Labor & Delivery


Our goal is to create the best experience possible for babies and their parents. We offer educational classes, support and resources, and the security of knowing our highly skilled staff and specialized care for newborns are available around the clock. We offer 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.

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. We offer the best care from a broad spectrum of birthing options. Whether you are considering a natural birth or a traditional delivery, you can feel confident that Lovelace is here for you.

Labor and Delivery services include

  • 24/7 OB anesthesia
  • Antenatal testing
  • Antepartum care
  • Childbirth education classes
  • Hydrotherapy during labor with jacuzzi/jetted tubs
  • Lactation services
  • Natural Birthing Center
  • Obstetrics and midwifery services
  • Traditional and High-risk OB
  • Vaginal delivery after C-Section (VBAC program)

Childbirth Education Classes


Lovelace helps bring more than 3,000 babies into the world each year with the help of our dedicated obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, obstetrical anesthesiologists, neonatalogists, perinatologists and nurses. Our certified nurse midwives have advanced training in prenatal care, birthing and well-woman care. 

At Lovelace Medical Group, our talented team of obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and qualified nursing staff will become familiar with your health history and guide you in forming a pregnancy plan that is ideal for you and your family. We will provide you with information regarding pregnancy symptoms, delivery methods, nutrition, risk factors, and fertility optimization.

Our qualified team is trained to handle normal pregnancies and those with complications. We are excited to be part of your prenatal care and delivery, so that you and your newborn are as safe, healthy and comfortable as possible.



Dorothy Beach, CNM
Brenda Beck, CNM
Tambra Bensch, CNM
Asit Bhatt , MD
Women's Health
Molly A. Carroll, M.D.
Women's Health
Sahar Chavez, M.D.
Samantha Gallegos-Gollihugh, CNM
Women's Health
Janet Hardt, CNM
Women's Health
Patricia Heinz , CNM
Women's Health
Melynda Lopez, CNM
Women's Health
Lucille Martinez, M.D
Women's Health
Melissa Moore, CNM
Women's Health
Vicky Peng, M.D.
Women's Health
Candace Reid, CNM
Women's Health
Dympna Ryan, CNM
Women's Health
Tessa Schwering, M.D.
Women's Health
Paul Shelburne, MD
Nina Simon, CNM
Lowry Simpson, CNM
Women's Health
Joel Teicher, M.D.
Michelle Underwood, PA-C
Women's Health
Starla Willis , CNM
Women's Health

Consuelo Carmona, M.D.
Alicia Castillo, CNM
Carl Connors, D.O.
Steven Gough, M.D.
Danielle Hoelter, CNM
Wendy Kimmelman, CNM
Samara Knight, M.D., MPH
Rebecca Leeman, CNM
Stephanie Levy, CNM
Seddah Moya, M.D.
Rebecca Okun, M.D.
Terri Caspary Schmidt, CNM
Erika Solis-Gilmore, M.D.
Jeanine Valdez, M.D.
Melissa Valdez, M.D.
Jennifer Williams, CNM
Elizabeth Withnall, CNM

Julian Rowe, M.D.


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 can be assured you will be surrounded by caring and compassionate physicians, nurses and midwives in a supportive, soothing environment.

Family Birthing Center

Throughout labor, delivery and recovery our new mothers stay in one of our comfortable, private, birthing suites. Equipped with the latest technology, each room is designed for a relaxed, comfortable birth experience. 

  • 24/7 anesthesiology coverage
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Childbirth education classes
  • Couplet care, where mothers and their newborns stay in the same room
  • Family-friendly amenities, such as in-room sleeping accommodations for a guest, soothing colors, Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs
  • Hydrotherapy during labor with jacuzzi/jetted tubs
  • Nine beautiful, private labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum rooms
  • State-of-the-art C-section room
  • 24/7 OB anesthesia
  • Antenatal Testing Unit
  • Antepartum Unit
  • Childbirth education classes
  • Hydrotherapy during labor with jacuzzi/jetted tubs
  • Lactation services
  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Maternal-fetal medicine program with 24/7 coverage
  • Natural Birthing Center
  • Obstetrics & midwifery services
  • Prenatal assessment
  • Traditional & High-risk OB
  • Vaginal delivery after C-Section (VBAC program)

Natural Birthing Center

The Natural Birthing Center at Lovelace Women's Hospital focuses on a more natural delivery, providing women who prefer to avoid medications and medical intervention a safe delivery environment. 

It's important to talk with your delivery team - including your family and your medical providers - about the type of delivery you would like to expereince. 

In addition to our hydrotherapy tubs for laboring, you may choose to use birthing balls, chairs, the side of the bed, or other positions of comfort for delivery. 

  • Four private labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum rooms with hydrotherapy tubs
  • 18 private patient rooms for postpartum recovery
  • Two fireplaces create ambience in lobby areas
  • Staffed with certified nurse midwives and OB/GYNs
  • Home-like atmosphere with warm finishes and soothing colors
  • In-room sleeping accommodations for a guest
  • Wood style flooring
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Wi-Fi


Expert Care

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High-Risk Pregnancy)

Offering peace of mind for the expectant mom.

For women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, our Maternal Fetal Medicine program includes prenatal diagnosis and consultation, specialized fetal care, and a full range of diagnostic testing.

Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists are committed to communicating and closely collaborating with the obstetricians. We'll work closely with your obstetrician, midwife or family physician to evaluate a range of conditions.

  • Bleeding/clotting disorders
  • Diabetic education
  • Fetal anomalies
  • Genetic disorders
  • Genetic counseling
  • G.R.A.C.E. transitions
  • Heart disease
  • HIV
  • Hypertension or preeclampsia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney disease
  • Labor of Love
  • Lupus or other auto-immune diseases
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Pre-term labor
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Suspected intrauterine growth retardation
  • Ultrasound services

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Program @
Lovelace Westside Hospital

10501 Golf Course Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Program @
Lovelace Women's Hospital

4701 Montgomery Blvd NE, 3rd Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87109

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Program @
Lovelace Women's Hospital - Santa Fe

460 St. Michaels Drive, Suite 505
Santa Fe, NM 87505


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

In the event that your baby is born prematurely or needs special care, our state-of-the-art NICU is here to serve you.

In our NICU, a skilled medical and nursing staff cares for infants at the age of viability, as young as 23 weeks gestation. Board-certified neonatologists lead a specialized team of nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers and other caregivers who work together to provide the best, most advanced and compassionate care for your baby.

Our expanded 53-bed NICU offers state-of-the-art technological support in a quiet, home-like environment with 24/7 in-house neonatologist coverage and a knowledgeable, caring NICU nursing staff.

  • Case management and social services
  • Coffee hour for NICU families
  • Complete discharge education, including infant CPR training, to ensure a successful transition from the NICU to home
  • Consultations with pediatric specialists if needed
  • Developmental rehabilitation
  • Family support services
  • Isolation rooms
  • Lactation consultants
  • Lactation room for privacy
  • March of Dimes liaison to assist with family support and integration
  • Neonatal nutrition care and dietary counseling
  • NICU-specialized respiratory therapists
  • Open visiting hours to encourage and support your involvement in the care of your baby
  • Ophthalmology and cardiopulmonary specialists to provide testing, monitoring and, if needed, intervention
  • Overnight transition rooms for parents who need further education and preparation before going home
  • Parent and family lounge equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, television, and coffee available around the clock
  • Skin-to-skin care (kangaroo care)
  • Support from community resources, including partnerships with Ronald McDonald House and Casa Esperanz, to provide temporary housing for out-of town parents
  • Trained physical & occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists to help facilitate feeding and swallowing success and ensure proper positioning and movement



Are you pregnant or do you know someone who is pregnant and struggling with addiction, substance use or on Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)? Drug use during pregnancy is harmful to you and your baby. For mothers, it can cause pre-term labor, miscarriage or stillbirth. For your baby, the effects of drug use include heart defects, infection, low birth rate, and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a syndrome that causes the baby to experience drug withdrawal after birth.

If you are pregnant and using drugs, alcohol or tobacco, it is important for you to talk to a health care provider about your addiction and establish a treatment plan. If you use heroin or opioids, it’s very important to talk to your doctor before quitting, in order to avoid experiencing withdrawals for you and your baby.


You can still have a healthy pregnancy. Moms enrolled in the G.R.A.C.E. program will receive prenatal care at a Lovelace Medical Group clinic, where we offer treatment based on each person’s needs. They will be supported throughout their pregnancy, during their hospital stay for delivery, and in the first weeks after birth. Lovelace’s G.R.A.C.E. program can help moms who are using or addicted to:

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana/pot
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opioids/prescription drugs
  • Tobacco

Our goal is to make your pregnancy and delivery as healthy as possible. For more information or schedule an appointment, call 505.727.5000.

Our Services

  • Access to Labor of Love, a maternity support program
  • Case management support
  • Community referrals
  • Compassionate care for mom and baby
  • Comprehensive NICU care
  • High risk pregnancy consults
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use
  • Prenatal services available at three Lovelace Medical Group locations