There’s nothing surprising about seeing a lot of pregnant women at a hospital — except when they’re all nurses in the same intensive care unit.
Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, is having its own little baby boom, with 16 nurses on the critical care staff expecting babies between October and January — and they’re joking there must be “something in the water.”
“I don’t think we realized just how many of us were pregnant until we started a Facebook group and more people kept adding to it,” said Rochelle Sherman, a Banner nurse who is currently eight months pregnant.
Sixteen nurses at Banner Desert Medical Center are pregnant! Most of the women work together in the ICU and have due dates between October and January. The hospital in Mesa, AZ says it has back-up nurses ready to fill in when needed. pic.twitter.com/qtHdhLv2KD
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At a press conference organized by the hospital, nurse Ashley Adkins said she worried the other nurses would get tired of all their talk of pregnancy. “This isn’t an easy job to have when you’re pregnant and not feeling well all the time,” Adkins told local news station KPHO-TV, adding that her colleagues and management had been incredibly supportive.
Nurse Jolene Garrow thanked her non-pregnant colleagues for stepping in to care for patients with conditions that are potentially harmful for expectant women, like shingles.
The hospital has also put protocols in place to ensure the pregnant nurses are not exposed to infections or diseases that can be particularly harmful to fetuses, and ensuring extra care is also being taken around chemotherapy drugs, US Weekly reports.
The hospital gave the women onesies reading, “Relax! My mom is a Banner nurse!” and reassured patients and their families that there are sufficient fill-in staff to cover all the maternity leave.
Pregnant nurse Ashley Adkins shares what it’s like doing her job through her third trimester: