First they heard one was pregnant. Then another. It didn’t dawn on 14 nurses from the same oncology floor at Massachusetts General Hospital that so many of them were pregnant until someone pointed it out to them.
“We didn’t realize how many of us there were, until someone sat down and counted all of us,” said nurse Farren Carr Richardson. “It didn’t feel like 14 at first, but when the most recent person announced they were pregnant, we were all like, ‘Wow it is 14!’”
The 14 nurses all work together on the 10th floor in the Boston hospital’s Lunder Building and are all expecting between May and October, according to a hospital spokeswoman. One is even expecting twins.
The hospital shared the news on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, saying, “Whoa mamas! The Lunder 10 oncology family at #MGH is growing fast with 14 pregnant nurses on the floor and one expecting twins. These nurse mamas are sharing 15 new reasons to smile!”
“We all work together, day in and day out, and we’re like a little family, so it’s so exciting to add a new group of tiny ones to the group,” said nurse Sarah O’Malley, who is due Aug. 5. She said the expectant mothers are sharing tips. “It’s the best resource I could have ever imagined.”
One of the nurses was due Thursday, the day the photo was taken, but as of Tuesday afternoon, she still hasn’t given birth, the spokeswoman said.
The nurses all got married around the same time, which helps explain why they’re pregnant at the same time, Richardson and O’Malley said.
“For the job and the patients we take care of as oncology nurses, this is kind of an uplifting time for us because our patients go through a lot of ups and downs and it’s been very positive for us and for our nurse manager as well,” said Richardson, who is due Sept. 30.