Shardai Gossett

UChicago Faculty Physicians

A certified nurse midwife is someone who does your gynecological care as well as your obstetric care.

We do your prenatal visits.We also do your pap smears, breast exams, any preventative care and treatment through pregnancy, postpartum, and preconception as well.

I chose to become a midwife because growing up when I had my women's health care provider, I never saw anyone that looked like me.

I never saw anyone I thought was relatable or that I can trust and open up to and talk to about sex and things I'm going through, questions I had.

So I made the decision at a young age that I wanted to be that person for that young girl, and there's no better place for me to do it than the South Side of Chicago where all my family resides.

So I'm hoping that I can be that person that someone can trust and listen to them but
also really know where they're coming from firsthand.

I chose University of Chicago Medicine because it's on the South Side of Chicago, and I really am passionate about providing care for the underserved community.

I really wanted to make sure that my passion aligned with what I do for a living.

So for me, patients that may not be able to afford the best care can still receive the best care here. My philosophy of care is honestly very simple, just listening.

I think sometimes that's the main thing that patients feel like they're not heard. So I leave all my questions, and I just let my patients speak.

I've actually gained a few different unique experiences. One main experience I gained was doing a global health mission in Belize.

I was there for 2 and 1/2 weeks providing health care to women with a very low resource setting, so it really kept me on my toes and really just made me so grateful for the technology that we are blessed with here at University of Chicago Medicine.

But to strip that all away and you still have so many patients that still need you, they still need their pap smears, they still need their prenatal visits, it helps you to get really creative, and it humbles you a lot.

So I spent 2 and 1/2 weeks there in a lot of different communities there providing care that they needed.

Something else that stands out to me as a unique experience was being placed at a teen center here in Chicago and giving care to young women.

That really helped me develop the skills I need and really show me things that I may have as a shortcoming with being able to speak to that special population.

Board Certifications

  • Certified Nurse Midwife

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine

  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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