Baby fever is rampant at this Arizona hospital.
More than a dozen nurses in the Banner Desert Medical Center’s intensive care unit are pregnant at the same time, the hospital announced.
“They’re wondering what’s in the water,” joked nurse Ashley Atkins at a press conference last week announcing the happy coincidence.
The nurses didn’t realize how many of them were pregnant at the same time until they started a Facebook group chat and more and more ladies kept getting added — with the number of expecting mothers reaching a whopping 16, said nurse Rachel Cosgriff.
The majority of the soon-to-be moms are due between September and February — and they’ll go on maternity leave for 12 weeks.
“We’ve been planning for this for months,” director of nursing Heather Francis said of the looming staff shortage.
The expectant nurses said they all like to go to the cafeteria together to satisfy pregnancy cravings — and have asked workers to make the salad bar more “pregnancy friendly” by adding pickles and olives.
Others are starting to notice as well — one ICU nurse said a patient’s family member asked her: “Are you all pregnant?”