Rita Rhoads, American family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse, nurse midwife. Certified family nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife. Named Woman of Distinction, Soroptimists, 1992; recipient March of Dimes award for excellence in maternal-child health, 1993. Member American College Nurse Midwives, National Association Childbearing Centers, Millersville University Nursing Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi.
Staff nurse Community Hospital of Lancaster. District nurse Frontier Nursing Service, Hyden, Kentucky. Director midwifery Birth Care and Family Health Services, Quarryville, Pennsylvania, since 1978, also board directors, president, 1993-1994.
Founder 1st out-of-hospital birth center in Pennsylvania, 1978. Participant research study on safety of out-of-hospital birth center National Association Childbearing Centers, 1989.