Chana Schaffer, CNM
Teaching Associate
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Date Joined UW Medicine: 

Faculty Information


Personal Interests:

My personal interests include hiking, traveling, cooking, baking and spending time with loved ones (including my sweet dog Rosie).

Why did you decide to pursue a career in OB/GYN?

The initial seed of inspiration to become a midwife was planted after unexpectedly attending a birth at the age of 19. I was awe-struck and knew that I had witnessed something sacred and powerful. My passion for women's empowerment in healthcare has grown and blossomed since that first experience. I became a midwife because I believe that all women deserve access to care that is respectful, evidence-based, cuturally sensitive, collaborative and grounded in autonomy. People are experts within their own bodies, and midwives have the privilege of holding space and providing guidance during some of the most intimate and vulnerable moments of a person's life.

What inspires you?

Authentic listening, well informed shared decision making in healthcare, intersectional feminism, kindness and compassion, and interdisciplinary collaboration in obstetrics.

Board Certification: 
Certified Nurse Midwife, 2016
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, National Certification Board, 2016
Certified Nurse Midwife, 2016
Education & Training: 
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Philadelphia, PA
The National Health Service Corps Scholarship
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP)
Research & Clinical Interests
Clinical Interests: 

Schaffer provides comprehensive care across the lifespan including gynecologic care, family planning services and care during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Her clinical interests include colposcopy and other gynecologic procedures, adolescent education in health & sexuality, and promoting evidence-based shared decision making.