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“If you want to have the best experience through pregnancy, you have to take time to do the work to prepare for it. As a midwife, I hope I can educate my patients to make the time leading up to childbirth more enjoyable, as well as labor and delivery. I hope my patients will see me as kind and supportive, a guiding presence in their journey to help them have the experience they want to have through childbirth.”
Charlotte Chiang has assisted in hundreds of births. As a labor and delivery nurse for five years, she too often saw patients who hadn’t prepared for their pregnancy and were miserable during their child-birth experience. She also saw patients who looked so grounded, calm and practiced for their delivery—they were less surprised. It was all about preparation. So, Charlotte went back to school to earn her master’s in nurse-midwifery. “The idea of getting to know my patients before they rolled into the delivery room,” inspired her career. “I was getting so frustrated meeting people when they were in so much pain and uncomfortable. I wished I could meet them so much earlier.” For Charlotte, it’s about building a strong relationship and learning about her patient’s lifestyle and goals. The human body is amazing through all stages of life.
Charlotte puts focuses on helping women prepare for pregnancies and childbirth. “Nutrition and exercise are an important part to help patients have the birth they want,” says Charlotte. As a certified nurse-midwife, she supports low-intervention labor while working closely with physicians when additional support is needed. “Low-intervention labor tends to give women more time in labor, less cervical exams, and slower inductions,” she said. “I want to let each woman have a say in her labor, as long as everything is safe. I encourage women to let their bodies and their baby dictate what is going to happen in their labor and trust their intuition as much as they’d like.”
From adolescence through menopause and beyond, Charlotte is ready to answer questions and support women’s health—through all stages of life, before, during and after pregnancy. “It’s nice to have the same team throughout life,” says Charlotte. “Midwives are good at answering any questions about birth control, starting families and what you should be doing before starting your pregnancy journey. Midwives are especially good at making sure everything works with your lifestyle,” says Charlotte.
Originally from California, Charlotte moved to Minnesota in 2019 with a new baby and her husband, who is a physician. She is looking forward to a quieter and family-friendly community. Charlotte is fluent in three languages, English, French and Spanish.
The University of Colorado – Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery
New York University – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – Master of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley – Bachelor of Arts
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)