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As a member of Pasifika Midwives Aotearoa, Tish had been part of a collective who envisaged having a primary birthing unit in Māngere for many years.
“Birthing Centre and the Wright Family Foundation have been able to manifest that vision for us,” she says. Similar philosophies of family values have drawn her to the organisation.
Tish is a New Zealand-born Samoan midwife, a mother and a grandmother. She came to midwifery 22 years ago as a mature student.
She worked as a midwife at CMDHB in various roles, including her last as Charge Midwife Manager of the high-risk antenatal and postnatal ward at Middlemore Hospital. “I had three home births myself and after working in high-risk secondary care I decided to put my name in the hat for this role and return to what originally drew me to midwifery - primary birthing.”