WAYNESBORO, Pa. – For nearly 20 years, women in the region have relied on the caring hands of Certified Nurse Midwife Rosie Klinepeter to provide them gynecologic and prenatal care – and deliver close to 2,000 of their babies as those women entered new phases in their lives and became mothers.
Last week, Klinepeter entered a new phase of life, herself – retirement – and said she is leaving local women in the capable hands of her colleagues at WellSpan OB/GYN in Waynesboro.
“Everyone loves Rosie. She’s a joy to be around, she’s funny, and there are many patients that will only see her,” explained Practice Manager Jen Foreman. “We’re going to miss her.”
Klinepeter, who started her journey into health care as a candy striper and then, a registered nurse, said when she decided she wanted to become a midwife, she hoped she’d be able to do it for 10 years.
“I asked God for 10 years – now, it’s almost 20,” said Klinepeter, adding, “Once (women) have a baby with you, you’re like a part of their family for the rest of their life.”
Klinepeter said she’s developed close relationships with her patients; caring for their prenatal and birthing needs, praying with them if they requested it and staying in touch with them outside of the medical practice.
“It’s going to leave a real hole,” said Shelby Oliver, registered nurse on WellSpan Waynesboro Hospitals Family Birthing Services unit. “But, it’s a well-deserved retirement.”
Klinepeter said she owes her gratitude to the patients who allowed her the privilege of caring for them.
“Thank you all for allowing me to be part of your family and your life,” she said. “Thank you for trusting me with your health care.”