Luz Argueta-Vogel was blessed to be born into a lineage of traditional Mayan indigenous midwives and was spiritually compelled toward birth work from a very young age. Transnationally raised between El Salvador and the United States, she had the privilege to be educated in diverse locations which fostered her natural inquisitiveness and encouraged her to pursue an empowered and uniquely modern healer’s path. After attending her first birth at 18 years of age, Luz became galvanized toward her spiritual “don” to serve women and she dedicated herself to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology. However, during her undergraduate studies, she became politicized and awakened to the gendered violence that informs contemporary gynecology. Luz then felt spiritually compelled to forego her pursuit of an MD, and instead re-aligned toward a more holistic and woman centered approach to birthwork. This is how she came to study western midwifery.
After completing her B.A. in Psychology, Luz studied midwifery for two years at Maternidad La Luz, a bilingual freestanding birth center on the border of El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juarez, MX. Following her studies in Texas, Luz then worked with and assisted homebirth midwives in the Bay Area of California. Luz later returned to her native Central America and completed a year of clinical work in Guatemala at a center called Asociación Manos Abiertas. While in Guatemala, Luz attended home births as well as taught sexual education workshops for indigenous youth.
Luz’s yoga journey began in her early twenties, during college, when she was introduced to asana practice by a dear friend. Shortly thereafter, yoga became an irreplaceable tool as her practice saved her life and her sanity during a time of intense health problems. Asana and meditation have been her constant allies ever since. While working in Guatemala, Luz became a certified YTT yoga teacher and loves to incorporate yoga inspired breathwork and movement into her midwifery care.
Luz joyously practices midwifery, grounded in the conviction that the facilitation of peaceful, compassionate birth is a revolutionary act which is crucial to the creation of a future in which all beings can be happy and free. Her midwifery philosophy comes from an understanding that peace on earth begins with peace at birth and that midwifery care is one of the greatest tools we have for humans to achieve their highest potential for actualized, loving, connected wellness.
Connect with Luz: www.laluzmidwifery.com