The Birth Center
Center for Birth was established by Certified Professional Midwife Tina Tsiakalis in 2011, filling a need for a centrally located, multi-suite birth center in Seattle. Women may choose to enroll in care with Center for Birth Midwives, or with one of the many midwifery practices that have admitting privileges at Center for Birth.
The mission of Center For Birth (CFB) is to provide an accessible, comfortable, beautiful place for Seattle families to give birth under the care of a qualified midwife. Center for Birth supports and promotes the midwives model of care™, emphasizing low intervention, women-centered care and shared decision-making. CFB is located about 2 miles from the major area medical centers.
Center for Birth occupies a freestanding building overlooking Lake Union and the Space Needle, near South Lake Union. The birth center is located on the 2nd floor of the two-story building. The three spacious and light-filled birth suites were designed to promote serenity with their soothing colors and clean decor. CFB has been designed for warmth, relaxation, privacy, optimal comfort and ease of use. Extra-deep tubs were specially chosen to provide the most comfortable experience possible for laboring women. Interior stairs, exercise balls in many sizes, a birth stool, and a hanging birth sling are among the additional features and "tools" available to women at CFB. Center for Birth features:
- Extra-deep soaking tubs for labor and/or birth
- A separate shower room
- Family area with kitchen facilities
- Wide hallways
- Soft, calming colors
- Clean and spacious decor
- The Penny Simkin Birth Sling available for use
- Wireless internet access (free)
- Access to outdoor area
- Easy freeway access
- Lakeside location, view of Space Needle, many nearby restaurants and hotels
The first floor of the building houses office and clinic space of varied family- and birth-related practitioners, a large lobby area that doubles as classroom and events space, and a reception area.
Birth Center Birth
Birth center birth is appropriate and a great choice for women who are essentially healthy. The birth center provides a spacious environment, fully stocked with the clinical and comfort necessities for an unmedicated birth.
In Washington State, birth centers are licensed and carefully regulated by the state Department of Health. In addition, midwives practicing at Center for Birth abide by the standards and practice guidelines of the Midwives Association of Washington State.
Center for Birth accepts state-assistance insurance and will bill private insurance on your behalf or provide you with a bill to send to your insurance company. There is a discount for paying at the time of service or in advance. Our billing specialist can check your specific insurance coverage and talk with you about the details. Many insurance plans pay significant out-of-network benefits for birth center facility fees. The birth center fee is separate and unrelated to your prenatal care and midwife fee.
The birth center is in network with the following insurance providers.
- DSHS / Washington Apple Health / Medicaid
- First Choice
Location & Parking
Center for Birth is centrally located in the city near the south end of Lake Union on Eastlake, about two miles from major area hospitals: University of Washington Medical Center and Swedish (First Hill).
A number of underground parking spots under the adjacent building to the north are reserved for birthing families. There is also street parking, both metered and not metered, in the neighborhood – see our detailed Directions & Parking page for more information.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (206) 407-3397 with any questions you have about giving birth at the birth center or to set up a consultation appointment with Center for Birth Midwives.