Tina established Center for Birth in 2011, bringing a multi-suite birth center back to metropolitan Seattle following the closure of the Community Birth and Family Center in 2007. Tina has a deep respect for the physiology of birth and the ability of all people to make their own informed healthcare choices, including where and how they give birth. She has had a lifelong fascination with biology, physiology, and the magic that is the human body. She believes pregnancy and childbirth can be a transformative experience for those who go through it, and for their families.
Tina was born and grew up in Boston just a few years after her parents and older siblings emigrated there from Greece. Before finally figuring out midwifery was out there waiting for her, she worked in a couple of different capacities at Microsoft, leaving briefly to join a "dot-com" start-up that was about, of all things, personal investing. It was around 2001 that Tina started her path toward midwifery, first serving on the board of directors of a local non-profit childbirth and parenting education organization which became Great Starts and merged with Parent Trust. She also trained and worked as a doula, and birthed two children along the way. She has been a licensed and Certified Professional Midwife since 2009. Tina had the benefit of training and later working alongside midwives in the greater Seattle area, including Seattle Home Maternity, before establishing Center for Birth Midwives with Wendy Gordon in 2013.
Tina has an undergraduate degree with Honors from Harvard University, and a certificate in Midwifery from the Seattle Midwifery School (now part of Bastyr University and a Master's program).
When she's not at Center for Birth, Tina enjoys traveling, mostly to warm and sunny beachy places, or alternately, snowy mountainy ones! She also enjoys cooking, going to the local farmer's market, riding horses, music, and reading by the fireplace. She'd like to find more time for making art. Tina is married and has two children and one very large cat.
Wendy grew up in northern Minnesota and received her degree in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota. She embarked on a twisty career path that included refinery engineering in Minneapolis, corporate recruiting in Kansas, and human resources in Portland.
Wendy finally discovered her calling to midwifery in 2001. She trained and worked as a doula, then entered Seattle Midwifery School's three-year program and graduated in Fall 2005 with the Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership.
Wendy helped to grow a busy practice in Portland, OR for 7+ years before moving to Seattle in the summer of 2012. Wendy is a Certified Professional Midwife and is licensed in Washington. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University (formerly Seattle Midwifery School) and teaches upcoming midwifery students. Wendy is an active member of the Midwives Alliance Division of Research and the Midwives Association of Washington State, as well as a board member of the Association of Midwifery Educators.
Wendy is happily married and has a beautiful daughter who was born at home.
"Larry, please don't worry. I'm a midwife, you're having a gigantic baby. You'll be fine in a few minutes. Just rest. Just rest, Larry. Things will be just fine in 5 years." This midwife-in-the-making is one of Center for Birth Midwives' "babies" in 2014!