The little ceramic knick-knack on Dr. Rohit S. Shukla's desk, a stork leaving a baby, couldn't be more fitting.
Shukla, 64, retired Friday after 37 years as a practicing obstetrician. He delivered more than 10,000 babies, an average of 270 newborns a year.
He spent 29 of those years in Waynesboro.
He was packing boxes in his office Thursday afternoon, cleaning out the memories of nearly four decades of practice. In the morning, staff members, co-workers and patients came by with a cake to celebrate his career.
Shukla was the only obstetrician in Waynesboro for the first 12 years of his practice, he said. He was recruited by Waynesboro Hospital from New York Medical College where he was teaching and practicing medicine. The hospital didn't have its own obstetrician.