There “may be something in the water” at a hospital in Arizona, according to 16 nurses who work in the intensive care unit there and who are all pregnant.
Banner Desert Medical Center, where the nurses are employed, said it was “excited” for the group of nurses who are all pregnant at the same time while working at the hospital.
The group of 16 represents 10% of the nursing working at the unit, the nurses said during a press conference.
The not-for-profit hospital in Mesa, Arizona, provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services.
Nurse Rochelle Sherman, who works at the hospital and is nearly eight months pregnant, said: “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.”
Another nurse, Rachel Cosgriff, who is six months pregnant with a baby girl, said: “It’s kind of crazy.”
She explained how several of the nurses planned their delivery dates so they could have their babies around the holidays at the end of the year.
According to the hospital, most of the women are due between October and January. They have created 16 special “onesies” as a little surprise gift for them.
Overall, Banner runs 28 acute care hospitals and healthcare facilities. With more than 50,000 employees, it is the largest private employer in Arizona and third largest employer in the Northern Colorado front range area.