Tina Tsiakalis, Doula
Professional Labor Birth Support Provider

(206) 369 5315

tinats@keepsimple.com

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As a doula, my role is to help the woman (and her partner) make informed choices and to do whatever I can to help her have the birth experience she wants, whatever that might be. More than anything, I am simply there, with the woman, present and attending.

The body's ability to nurture and give birth to a baby is something that continues to leave me in awe and wonder, and I feel excited and privileged whenever I attend a birth. I know that for the woman, the birth experience she has will be a long-lasting memory that can impact her self esteem and the early relationship of the new family. Having a doula present has been shown to help the woman feel good about her experience.

Continuous presence, the experience to provide reassurance to the laboring mother and her partner, knowledge of physical comfort measures and positions that will help labor progress....these are just some of the things you can expect from a doula attending a woman in birth.

Benefits of Having a Doula

Studies have shown that trained labor assistants have positive effects on birth outcomes.

  • Labor is often shorter

  • There are fewer cesareans

  • The mother and her partner are more comfortable and happier with the experience


Education and Organization Affiliations

I completed my labor support training at the Seattle Midwifery School. My formal training also included 2 series of 8 week childbirth education classes with Penny Simkin (once as a birthing mother myself, once more recently for training purposes).

I received my Bachelors Degree from Harvard University (1992, Modern European History, minoring in Middle Eastern History. Emphasis on social history).

I am a member of Doulas of North America (DONA), and of the Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS), and I have participated in the PALS apprenticeship program. I am currently working on fulfilling certification requirements with both organizations.

I am a Board Member of the Childbirth Education Association of Seattle (CEAS).


Personal Background


Nat, Zach (23 months), and Tina


I have one child, Zacharias (Zach), born on July 2, 2000. My partner, Nat Brown, and I worked at Microsoft until 1999. I also spent some time at a Seattle start-up company. We both now work from home and are raising Zach together.

Among my other projects are research on childbirth, pregnancy, and women's health issues, writing and editing for non-profit organizations such as Sound Experience, and some web site design and development.

Other interests include Iyengar Yoga, biology, ethno-anthropology, art and photography.


 

(206) 369 5315

tinats@keepsimple.com