Sixteen Nurses Get Pregnant at Hospital ICU

Faith Castro
August 20, 2018

Most of the sixteen pregnant nurses who work together in the intensive care unit at Banner Desert Medical Center pose for a group photograph after attending a news conference where they all talked about being pregnant at the same time, with majority due to give birth between October and January, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz.

The coincidence seemed so extreme the hospital held a press conference.

Pregnant nurse Ashley Adkins added: 'They just roll their eyes!

I was like, 'Oh, well, I didn't plan this.

That's 10% of the nursing staff in the intensive care unit, and patients have started to notice the high pregnancy rate, the nurses said. "They're wondering what's in the water".

There was a big surprise for the hospital's administration when the mysterious coincidence became known, but they are not anxious about the moment when the 16 nurses would be on the maternity leave.

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Banner Health is giving each of the expectant nurses one of these commemorative onsies.

Otherwise, the only real changes have been at the hospital cafeteria.

Jolene Garrow, another nurse who is a mum-to-be, said that one patient even insists on touching her belly each night, which is odd and a little bit creepy, but whatever.

You've got to feel for the other nursing staff who will presumably be run off their feet whilst they all take their 12 weeks of maternity leave, but it's still undoubtedly good news.

While everyone is excited, Heather Francis, Director of Nursing, said there are areas in which the nurses can not work while expecting.

All the pregnant nurses are set to go on a 12-week maternity leave but first the staff of the hospital have chose to throw a joint baby shower for all the women.

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