Nurse Practitioners & Midwives

Who regulates a Nurse Practitioner's practice?

Nurse practitioners practice under rules and regulations developed by state boards of nursing. In addition, nurse practitioners are nationally board certified through organizations such as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners ( and Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (

How does a nurse's care compare to a physician's care?

Nurse practitioners are clinicians who blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management. Nurse practitioners bring a comprehensive perspective to health care. Physicians are trained to treat complex health problems, which may require complicated treatment or surgery.

The high-quality care provided by nurse practitioners is well known. Consumer and government studies have shown that nurse practitioners are skilled clinicians and patient educators. Furthermore, consumers value the nurse practitioner’s sensitivity to patient’s needs and their ability to decrease the mystery surrounding health care.

Prudence L. Schuchart, CRNP

Prudie graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Cincinnati in 2008.

Prudie is certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner by the National Certification Corporation. She worked as an RN in Maternity and Labor & Delivery for 25 years at Hanover and Frederick Memorial Hospitals. She served in the Army Nurse Corp for 3 years and was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Prudie has two children, Caitlin and Brandon. She resides in Dillsburg with her husband and enjoys relaxing, traveling, wine and fine dining.

Rebecca Gatesman, CRNP

Rebecca graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT in 2005. Rebecca is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Her career history includes working in Labor & Delivery for 12 years in Utah and Pennsylvania. She has been working within the realm of Women’s Health for over 20 years. She is certified in colposcopy, and specializes in the management of peri-menopause and menopause.

She currently lives in Mechanicsburg with her black Lab, Oslo. She enjoys kayaking, gardening, traveling, and all sports.

What are midwives?

We are midwives and we want to tell you who we are and what we do. As certified nurse-midwives (CNM), we are educated in both nursing and midwifery.


In order to become certified, the midwife must first become a registered nurse and then complete advanced courses of study in women’s health and midwifery through an accredited education program. Nurse-midwives are certified by a national examination and held to rigorous standards of practice by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. We work closely with physicians who are always available to help you.

What can a nurse-midwife do for you?

More and more women are finding that nurse-midwives offer personal health care. We provide information to help you with all the choices for living a healthy life.

We do gynecologic care, which includes contraceptive counseling, screening, and treatment (known to many as annual exam), preconception care, and perimenopausal or postmenopausal care. During pregnancy, we will regularly monitor you and your baby's health. We will take time to answer your questions and provide information about what to expect throughout your pregnancy.

During labor, we will be there with you to help you and your baby. Should labor deviate from the expected course, a physician is always available. After the baby is born, we provide advice on all manner of things including, but not limited to, breast or bottle-feeding and self-care. When you leave the hospital, you can always contact us with your concerns.

If you would like to find out more about midwives in general, visit, but if you really want to find out about us, come meet us in person. We look forward to it!

All of our Nurse-Midwives have been certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives and are current members.

Lauren K. Foreman, CNM
Lauren obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing and Certificate of Midwifery from George Washington University in 2017 and Bachelor's of Nursing from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 2012. She worked as a pediatric emergency room and inpatient nurse for over five years. While in nursing school, she completed the DONA doula training and began her career as a doula, which she has been doing ever since. It was working with babies and parents as both a nurse and a doula that inspired and motivated her to become a midwife. Lauren completed rotations with the George Washington University Midwives in Washington, D.C., a homebirth and birth center practice in southern California. She also attended births with at Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center in Arnold, M.D., where she attended both birth center and hospital births. Lauren has completed Spinning Babies and Lamaze Childbirth education trainings that she incorporates into her care as well as her 200 hour registered yoga teacher training. She is originally from Maryland and is a proud member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Karen K. Newell, CNM

Karen "Charley" received her degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife and a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. Her nursing degree is from Messiah College. She also has a Master’s in Education and Human Development from St. Mary's University.

She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and was a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator for 28 years as well as a Clinical Aroma Therapist.

Karen is a proud mother of five children and five grandchildren. She enjoys classic literature, and also volunteers as a Cub Scout leader.

Gabriella H. Rumer, CNM
Gabriella "Gae" has been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 1995. She graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and worked in mental health for 10 years until she took some time off to care for her own babies. Gae's own birth experience inspired her to return to school to become an obstetrical nurse and then to obtain a post graduate degree in midwifery.

She is a graduate from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and holds a Master's Degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. As a midwife, Gae has worked in the Carlisle, Harrisburg and York areas. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Widowed in 2003 after 25 wonderful years of marriage, she is the proud mother of three grown children, two of whom are married. She is an even prouder grandmother of five grandchildren!  Her hobbies are reading, music (especially Irish folk music), traveling, spending time with and photographing her grandchildren, and shopping.