Pregnancy can be contagious among friends, and this isn’t a joke—science has proven it.
“Results show that, net of confounding effects, a friend’s childbearing increases an individual’s risk of becoming a parent,” researchers Nicoletta Balboa and Nicola Barbanbin wrote in a study published in the journal American Sociological Association.
That explains why a baby fever has taken over the labor and delivery unit at Maine Medical Center. Nine nurses from this unit are all pregnant at the same time, with due dates between April and July.
One of the nurses, Brittney Verville, posted a picture of herself and seven other moms-to-be—Erin Grenier, Rachel Stellmach, Lonnie Soucie, Amanda Spear, Samantha Giglio, Nicole Barnes, and Holly Selby—on Facebook.
Verville wrote: “Something is definitely in the water here at Maine Medical Center on the Labor and Delivery Unit! NINE pregnant (8 pictured) nurses.”
“Lots of baby friends being made this summer!” she further added.
Something is definitely in the water here at Maine Medical Center on the Labor and Delivery Unit! NINE pregnant (8 pictured) nurses 👩🏻⚕️ Lots of baby friends being made this summer! ☀️ @ Maine Medical Center
The sweet photo shows the glowing nurses beaming with a smile, dressed in their nursing scrubs, each carrying a baby bump and holding a card that states their due dates. One of the nurses holds two due date cards, one for herself and the other for an absent nurse.
Verville’s post has since garnered more than 6,500 likes and over 2,200 shares.
“All of a sudden it was at 50 likes, and we went to bed because we work the night shift,” Verville told News Center Maine. “When we woke up we’re like, ‘oh my gosh I think we’re viral.'”
"It's really nice coming to work and seeing other people who are just as pregnant and watching their bellies pop and…
According to Press Herald, nurse Lonnie Soucie mentioned that they suspected something was unusual last fall as one after the other, the nurses started to reveal that they were pregnant.
The nine nurses plan to be there for each other throughout their pregnancies and deliveries.
“After each one of us started to say, ‘We’re pregnant,’ I think it was a happier announcement each time, and we’re all there for each other,” said nurse Erin Grenier in an interview with WMTW.
To be able to share something in common, the nurses are undoubtedly thrilled.
“It was more exciting each time seeing who else was pregnant,” said nurse Samantha Giglio, who’s pregnant with her second child.
“It’s comforting knowing we’ll be taking care of each other,” she further added.
Have you heard about our baby boom? Nine of our labor and delivery nurses (eight are pictured) are due between April and July! Congratulations all! pic.twitter.com/syn4xHbUdv
— Maine Medical Center (@MaineMed) March 25, 2019
Whilst nurse Amanda Spear said: “It’s really nice coming to work and seeing other people who are just as pregnant and watching their bellies pop and just talking about these experiences that we are going through together.”
One of the nurses told anchor Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News that she foresees their children forming a baseball or football team one day.
Maine Medical Center also took to Facebook to announce the looming baby boom at the hospital’s labor and delivery unit.
“How’s this for a baby boom? Nine of our nurses (8 of whom are in this photo) are expecting babies between April and July! Congratulations!” Maine Medical Center wrote.
All news organizations seeking information or photos of our expectant nurses may use anything here: https://mainehealth.org/news/2019/03/nine-nurses-experience-their-own-baby-boom
Many social media users joined Maine Medical Center in congratulating the nurses.
“Congratulations from Holland to the pregnant ladies,” one user wrote.
Another commented: “Congrats ladies! How exciting! I won’t be drinking the water in the East Tower…”
“WOW! It must be Contagious?????” a third one remarked.
Nine nurses from same hospital wing all expecting this spring.
由 NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt 发布于 2019年3月25日周一
On the other hand, one woman wondered if the hospital had enough staff to cover all the women when they would go on their maternity leaves. “I’m curious if there will be any L&D nursing staff at MMC when I deliver at the end of June,” she wrote.
To this question, the Maine Medical Center replied, “Don’t worry! We have a plan.”
There are 80 registered nurses currently working at the labor and delivery unit, the hospital said.
Congratulations to the nine happy moms-to-be at Maine Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit on your upcoming new arrivals.
👶❤️BABY BOOM! Nine nurses at this hospital's labor and delivery unit are expecting >> https://goo.gl/rJbrpN
由 KOCO 5 News 发布于 2019年3月25日周一