A hospital in Missouri is going to experience an incoming baby boom as 11 members of its staff — ten nurses and one doctor — are pregnant at the same time.
Most of the pregnant employees are nurses at Liberty Hospital’s Birthing Center and they noted they are hoping to give birth at that location when they go into labor, per ABC News, which also reported that the simultaneous pregnancies were not planned.
“There’s a lot of nurses saying they won’t drink the water,” Hannah Miller, a postpartum nurse expecting her first kid, told “Good Morning America.”
“One of the nurses actually brought her own water bottle the other night and I was joking with her. I was like, ‘Oh, you’re really not drinking the water,'” Miller added.
Dr. Anna Gorman, of Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology said it wasn’t probable that all 11 of the staffers would be expecting at the same time. Gorman is expecting her second kid.
“I think it’s really unique because it’s all in the same unit … and especially like our population ratio, I think is quite high. So sure it happens, but it’s pretty exciting when it’s this big,” the OB-GYN said.
“This is definitely a great experience and it’s something that I feel like we’ll probably bond over for a lifetime, having the babies due around the same time,” Alex Atcheson, a labor and delivery nurse, told “GMA.” “It’s been great to have each other for support and go through pregnancy together.”
Atcheson and her coworker Alison Harrell are 37 weeks pregnant and will give birth in the next two weeks, as both of them have the same due date of May 27. Their labor and delivery colleague, Katie Bestgen, is also due soon — on July 20.
“Alex and I figured out pretty early that we were due the same day,” Harrell said. “And then we started making a list of everyone and people just kept adding to the list as time went on.”
Christen Burns, 26, said she “was one of the last ones to tell everybody that I was pregnant,” and is expecting her first kid. She said, “I think it was just more exciting to add to the group and have everybody right there with me.”
The nurses and colleagues have been discussing their personal experiences, as well as taking part in celebrating the joyful news.
“It’s been really helpful. Just like getting advice and tips from my coworkers and especially the ones that have had babies before and just relating and like, ‘Oh, do you have problems with your hips too, or different pains or that kind of thing?'” Cheyenne Beaty said.
The 26-year-old labor and delivery nurse has enjoyed having people at work who can help give her support. “It’s just nice that there’s people around me going through the same thing for sure,” she said.
Therese Byrum is 27 years old, and said that recently there have been a minimum of two pregnant employees working together on a shift and they’ve also had situations where everybody was pregnant on a shift. The obstetric float nurse goes between labor and delivery, the NICU, and in postpartum, and she will be one of the last employees to deliver her child, expecting her fourth kid on Thanksgiving Day.