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Central Otago Midwives

Your friendly, dependable and trustworthy maternity service

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Welcome!

Every woman wants the best possible experience as she looks forward to the birth of her child. We understand that your confidence – and the ability to give birth, and care for your baby – will also depend on the environment you are in and the standard of midwifery care provided. With the support of Alexandra Family Medical, Central Otago Midwifery brings together three trusted health care professionals; midwife and lactation consultant Charlotte Aarden, family GP Elvira de Jong and gynaecologist/ obstetric specialist Kate van Harselaar. This set up allows midwife Charlotte Aarden to provide you with complete, friendly, dependable and trustworthy maternity care that goes beyond the standard. This and our philosophy in practice is a reflection of our commitment to the safety and well being of women in our community.

When choosing your midwife there are a few important things to consider:

  • Does she work in a safe manner ensuring that all your care needs are met during your pregnancy, labour and birth and during your post natal period?
  • Will she get to know you as a person?
  • Will she continue to keep you informed and will she listen to you?
  • What level of training and how much experience has she got up her sleeve?
  • What happens if specialist care is needed during pregnancy, labour and birth?

You can be confident in knowing that your Central Otago Midwife is experienced, well trained, will listen to you and gets to know you as a person. The midwife –client relationship is based on a professional partnership and care is tailored to meet all your needs right through your pregnancy up until your baby is six weeks of age.

We see each childbirth experience as unique and an achievement. It doesn’t matter whether you had an easy uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery or one that required more intervention. A happy confident family that reflects positively about their choices made and on their experience with Central Otago Midwifery is our aim. To ensure all your needs are met midwife Charlotte works well together with other health care providers such as your GP, obstetrician, lactation consultant or any one that may be involved in your care. Any queries are always welcome! Alternatively, make an appointment for a homevisit to have the first chat about the maternity care that you would like to be provided.

Charlotte Aarden

Welcome & congrats! I have been a midwife for over 10 years with a background in nursing (general and pediatrics) and am also a lactation consultant. I've been practicing in this lovely community for a long time and have lost count of the many families whom I had the privilege to help.

Being a country girl at heart, my passion and work in women’s health within a rural environment has been driven by a need to have a better maternity service provision in this region. In 2017, I was awarded with NZ- er of the year medal for midwifery care given to families.

I prefer a small caseload making care fun and flexible, incl birthing in Dunedin. Your advantage is that help to you is always easy to access and just around the corner. My care is up to date, of high standard, I do not muck around, 1-1 and with strong emphasis on safety and continuity. Normal and abnormal pregnancies are welcome. I work closely with my practice partners, obstetricians and GPs. I'm supported by Alexandra Family Medical, however come to your home unless otherwise indicated. Wishing you a wonderful journey, Charlotte.

Dr Kate van Harselaar

FRANZCOG, PGDipOMG, MBChB, MSc (Distinction), BSc

Kate graduated in medicine from the University of Otago and did her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Prior to medicine, she taught at the University of Otago and undertook a Masters in Physiology, which had a focus on Reproductive Endocrinology. Her varied background gives her a solid foundation from which to help and support women from all walks of life.

She is involved in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, but has a special interest in the management of infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, advanced laparoscopic surgery and pelvic pain. She is dedicated to finding an optimal management plan that is tailored to a woman’s specific needs.

She realized what a difference she could make in peoples lives around Fertility Medicine and as such pursued it as a sub specialty. Having a baby is one of life’s great experiences, but it can be unpredictable. As an Obstetrician, Kate sees her job as giving couples piece of mind, while providing them with expert medical advice in a collaborative team environment, whilst covering for any eventuality.

Kate undertakes her private Obstetrics and Gynaecology practice out of Fertility Associates Dunedin, where she also has a consulting role. She does outreach clinics in the wider Otago region and performs private Gynaecological surgery at the Mercy in Dunedin. She also practices as a specialist Obstetrician / Gynaecologist in the public sector at Dunedin Hospital.

Availability

Below is our availibility chart. Contact us to book your place.

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