Baby boom: 36 different nurses from the same hospital are having babies this year
"Motherhood and figuring it all out, especially the first time, is hard enough as it is. To have this group, you truly are not doing it alone," says Allison Ronco, who was the first of 36 nurses at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to have a baby this year.
Out of the 20 babies already born, only two are girls.
Between taking care of the 80 fragile newborns in their unit and bonding over motherhood, the connection between the women in the group has never been stronger. They've been through it all together: Nursing school, working at the hospital, marriage, and now the pregnancies.
“Patients joke to not drink the water in this place unless you want to get pregnant," says another nurse featured in the video.
This camaraderie is not only great for day-to-day support and advice, but also for when things don't go according to plan. One of the boys born this year, Ben, was discovered to have a heart defect, which meant he had to spend some time in the NICU to recover.
Luckily, not only did his mom, Sarah Carboneau, work in the unit and could be with him at all hours, but she had the constant support of the rest of her coworkers — both as fellow nurses and as fellow mothers.
“[It] was a crazy, traumatic event. But, being with all these ladies and having their love and support, it was so overwhelming." says Sarah. Ben has since made a full recovery.
Check out the video above as all the nurses sit down for an interview and discuss the funny things that happen when 35 of your coworkers are pregnant at the same time as you are.