Nine nurses, all from the L&D floor of a Maine hospital, are pregnant at the same time
Being pregnant at the same time as a co-worker is pretty fun, right? You can indulge your wild cravings together, complain about the misery of morning sickness, and chit-chat about nursery decor, birth plans, and maternity clothes. Now multiply that by nine — as in, nine women, all pregnant at the same time, and working at the same place.
That’s exactly what’s happening right now at a Maine hospital — on the Labor and Delivery floor, no less.
Erin Grenier, an RN at Maine Medical Center, is due first out of the nine pregnant nurses on the L&D floor at the hospital. All of them are expecting their new arrival between April and July. “I guess I started a trend!” she joked.
In due date order, the RNs are Grenier, Rachel Stellmach, Brittney Verville, Lonnie Soucie, Amanda Spear, Samantha Giglio, Nicole Goldberg, Nicole Barnes, and Holly Selby. As far as their motherhood experience, some are expecting their first child while others are having their second or even fourth little one. Between their individual experiences as moms and helping other women deliver their babies every day, the nurses are all being prepared for future motherhood. Spear exclaims, “Everywhere we look, there’s someone who’s an expert!”
The hospital tells Scary Mommy in a statement that six of the nurses are all on the same weekend shift on the L&D floor. And as the first question plenty of people must have is “How will they cover all those maternity leaves?” rest assured, the hospital already has that part worked out. “With several months to prepare, the hospital has proactively planned to cover all those shifts,” they confirm.
The hospital also shares that above all things, the floor’s “baby boom” has been “a bonding experience” for the women. “I think it’s comforting knowing we’re all in this together,” Giglio says.
MMC shared a photo of eight of nine nurses on Facebook, which ignited interest in the unique situation and led to the moms having an appearance on CBS This Morning.
Soucie told CBS affiliate WGME that it took a bit to dawn on the women how special their story truly is. “I don’t think it hit home until we took a picture and it was on social media and we were getting all this attention,” she says. “And then it was like, ‘Whoa, you weren’t kidding!'”
Mom of three Stellmach says, “It’s great to talk to everyone. Troubleshoot and answer questions too, since I’m kind of a pro.” Grenier adds, “There’s been times where we’ve been the patient. So it’s been great to have each other either being our nurse or just being there for us, sending us a message, checking in on us making sure everything is OK.”
Selby says it’s the support between the women that she hopes will continue beyond their due dates. “I think we’re looking forward to raising our babies together. To having friends, playdates and continuing the support of having shared experiences of all having babies together.”
The women all say they’ll post for another photo together this fall — with all of their babies included.