6 Nurses Who Work Together Are All Pregnant at the Same Time
They say when women live together for a while, their cycles line up, but six nurses who work together at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina have taken bonding to a new level. They’re all pregnant.
Katie Carlton, Emily Johnson, Nikki Huth, Sabrina Hudson, Nina Day and Bethany Stringer are all expecting babies this year, so they don’t have to go far to find sympathetic pals to talk to about being pregnant. Johnson is one of two first-time moms-to-be in the group, and told her local news station, “I have a lot of anxiety, like I’m going to worry about everything. To keep me from making my husband go crazy, I just talk about my issues here and they make me feel a lot better.”
Day, the first one to get pregnant, told the station, “Each time that we found out somebody else was pregnant, it was like, well, who is the next one? It was so exciting to find out. Well is there more? Is there someone else?”
Hudson was the fifth, and when she told her co-workers about her pregnancy she pointed to Carlton and predicted she’d be next. Four weeks later, Carlton found out she was pregnant too.
Their patients, who like to jokingly ask if there’s something in the water, will be well taken care of even when they’re out on maternity leave; the “Fabulous Six-Pack,” as they’re now known, has assured them there’s plenty of staff to step in. And with due dates ranging from July to December, they won’t all be out at the same time.
Pregnancy can make a mom-to-be feel lonely sometimes, but these six co-workers have a built-in support group.
Johnson, the other first-time mom in the group, told TODAY, “I constantly have things running through my mind, ‘Is this normal?’ and ‘What is going on?’ Being able to communicate with other nurses helps me feel better.”
And Hudson predicts their bonding over pregnancy won’t end when the babies are born.
“We are just really excited about our babies and being able to share play dates,” she said. “I don’t think that after the pregnancies are over we will stop sharing milestones together.”
If you aren’t lucky enough to have a bunch of pregnant friends around you, there are plenty of places to find camaraderie online. Visit The Bump message boards for information and community support about pregnancy, parenting, fertility issues and more.