In a rare occurrence, 12 female workers—ten nurses, one nurse practitioner, and one unit secretary- at Riverside Regional Medical Centre in Virginia got pregnant simultaneously.
The news spread like wildfire after a Facebook post by the hospital on June 13, announcing that deliveries had begun in March and would continue until October. The first baby, a beautiful girl, arrived in March, bringing immense delight to her proud parents and the entire medical team. Following closely, another precious girl blessed the ward in May, filling the corridors with even more warmth and happiness.
As the days pass, the excitement continues to build, for four more bundles of joy are eagerly awaited in July, three in August, one in September, and the final little one expected to grace their lives in October. With four more girls, three boys, and three surprises on the way, the anticipation is palpable.
Kaylee Arsenault, Nurse Manager for the NICU, expressed her astonishment, stating, “There is something in the water, as some would say.” She further revealed that such a phenomenon had never been witnessed in the hospital’s history. Kaylee is thrilled that five of the twelve women are first-time mothers, adding excitement and anticipation to their shared experience.
The camaraderie and support among the expectant mothers and their colleagues have been heartwarming. Haley Bradshaw, 35 weeks into her pregnancy, shared that they all feel “extremely supported” and extend their assistance to one another, whether providing a break during a hectic shift or accompanying each other to doctor’s appointments.
The bond between these remarkable women has grown stronger during this extraordinary time as they navigate the ups and downs of pregnancy together.
Jackie Cox, about to welcome her fifth child, expressed how being pregnant simultaneously has strengthened the unity among her coworkers. They find solace in discussing everything from baby names to pregnancy challenges, creating an environment where they can lean on each other for advice and support.
With a team of 52 nurses in the NICU, the pregnant staff members rarely overlap during their shifts, ensuring that the unit continues to provide exceptional care to its tiny patients.