Sixteen nurse colleagues all discover they're pregnant


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.

They couldn't have planned it if they'd wanted to but the staff at Banner Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit is thrilled to be welcoming what seems like a highly unlikely procession of new additions.

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

"The 16 nurses are from three different critical care units", said Heather Francis, nursing director for various ICU units at Banner.

The nurses say that they didn't realize how many of them were pregnant at the same time until they created a Facebook group chat, where members kept getting added.

At a news conference, the women joked that there must be something in the water, or that maybe it was a joint plan for Christmas holidays off.

The nurses said everyone loves to go to the cafeteria together to satisfy the cravings of pregnancy.

All of the nurses say that their non-pregnant colleagues - some of whom you'd have to imagine are men - are being very good about the whole thing.

The nurses said their colleagues will in no time throw a group baby shower.

The overalls reads: "Relax... my mother is a nurse banner!"

The hospital is also making sure to keep the pregnant nurses healthy while they're still working.

Hospital officials noted that the Banner medical center chain has a pool of floating nurses that should ensure shifts are covered when their ICU nursing specialists begin taking their 12-week maternity leaves soon.

And they are not coming from the maternity ward.