- There are 14 pregnant nurses in one oncology unit at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. They are all due sometime between now and November.
- Although four other nurses already gave birth this year,the unit is handling the unexpected baby boom with plans to install a lactation room.
- Ellen Fitzgerald, director of nursing of the oncology unit, said, “We will take care of our patientsand our nurses.”
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The nurses in one unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are expecting more than just patients this year.
Fourteen nurses in one oncology unit at the hospital are pregnant at the same time, and one of them is expecting twins.
“It seemed every day at work somebody else was coming up and saying, ‘Oh, I’m pregnant,” Farren Richardson, who is expecting her second baby girl in September, told INSIDER. “Finally, we started counting how many there actually were and it was 14 who said they were pregnant.”
The women are all due between now and November, but that doesn’t count the four other nurses who gave birth earlier this year.
Whoa Mamas! The Lunder 10 #oncology family at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is growing fast with 14 #pregnant nurses on the floor, one of whom is expecting twins. These #nurse mamas, and the Cancer Center, have 15 new reasons to smile! pic.twitter.com/c1U7P9vWFI
— MGH Cancer Center (@MGHCancerCenter) May 21, 2019
Although the unit now has 18 maternity leaves to work around, the nurses said their boss, Ellen Fitzgerald, director of nursing of the oncology unit, couldn’t be happier to bring so much life and joy into a unit that deals with the devastation of cancer.
“Ellen is excited with every nurse. She couldn’t have a better reaction,” Deirdre Smith, a nurse expecting a boy in August, told INSIDER. “I feel like most bosses would be upset about coverage, but she is always excited about a baby. She cries tears of joy.”
Fitzgerald agreed with the expecting nurse.
“I don’t know that you can be anything but joyful about bringing life into the world,” Fitzgerald told “Good Morning America.”“We will take care of our patients and our nurses.”
As for the patients themselves, they love the baby boom as well.
“It can be really challenging and emotional at times with the ups and downs we go through here in this unit but all of us being pregnant brought a lot of joy to our patients,” Richardson told INSIDER. “They love seeing so many pregnant bellies around.”
The nurses plan to take 12 weeks of maternity leave on average, but Fitzgerald said the hospital is fully prepared for the surprise baby boom. In fact, they will be turning one of the examination rooms into a lactation room for the new mothers.
“I will be over budget and the hospital supports that because we have to have coverage,” she told “Good Morning America.” “It’s just causing smiles around here. We know we will absolutely get through this.”
As for the nurses themselves, they said they are excited to go through this experience together.
“As a first-time mum, I didn’t really know what to expect, and the great thing about working here is that if I have a question or concern, they’re there,” Sarah O’Malley, a nurse expecting her first child in August, told INSIDER. “It’s comforting to have friends who have done it and have them be so encouraging, telling me, ‘You’re going to figure it out.'”
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