Jefferson is a special place for many patients who have received care. To Charlie Flowe, it’s that and so much more. It’s where he met his wife, started his current career, and became a parent.
It all started in 2008 when he met his now wife Katie who was a Jefferson researcher at the time, and they had their first date around the corner from Lubert Plaza in Center City.
The following year, Charlie tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus playing soccer. He turned to Dr. Michael Ciccotti at Rothman Orthopaedics at Jefferson Health, who successfully operated on his knee. Within the year, Charlie was back on the field with no restrictions.
Fast forward to 2016 when Charlie started working for Philadelphia University – now Thomas Jefferson University – as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team, where he continues to coach today – both brace and pain free.
Charlie and Katie’s ties to Jefferson strengthened when they found out they were becoming a family of three. The pair decided to participate in CenteringPregnancy®, a program that provides prenatal care in a group setting.
CenteringPregnancy® follows the recommended schedule of ten prenatal visits with a physician and incorporates discussions on nutrition, exercise, breastfeeding, labor, postpartum care, and more with experts and other families who are due around the same timeframe.
“Honestly, if it wasn’t for CenteringPregnancy®, I’d be completely lost,” says Charlie. He and Katie welcomed their daughter Allie in September 2018. Charlie says “I’ve retained so much knowledge and felt very confident in having our baby born at Jefferson. When we left the hospital, we felt we were prepared.”