Helping pregnant women is a common occurrence for staff at the McNeill Hospital Birthing Center outside Berwyn, but it’s a happy coincidence that all five staff members are pregnant at the same time.
Vanessa Martinez, a hospital nurse, was the first to break the news of her pregnancy to her colleagues.
“I think I only talked about it for a week, but Carolina was like, ‘Okay, I can’t stand it.’ “I’m pregnant too,” she says. Heather said, “I’m pregnant. I thought, ‘Well, it’s three,'” Martinez said.
But that was not all.
“I waited until about 23 or 24 weeks to say anything. When people were saying ‘I’m pregnant’ in the back of my head, I was like, ‘So am I.’ said Jannet Avalos, a nurse on the unit for 16 years.
Then I learned that Alisha Lopez, another maternal and child nurse, was also pregnant.
“It’s crazy because it was so unexpected. Lopez, who is expecting her first child in July, will be the last to give birth,” she said.
This will result in five nurses at the McNeill Hospital Birth Center becoming pregnant at the same time.
Meghan Cox, M.D., an obstetrician, said, “You’re likely to give birth to three out of five births, but be ready for any birth.
This will be Carolina Echeveria’s first baby.
“I had to learn a lot: bathing, vital signs, how to breastfeed, how to breastfeed,” Echeveria said.
Many of her colleagues are also pregnant, so many people ask about pregnancy.
“It takes a village and we look after each other,” said Avalos, who is expecting a third boy in February.
“It’s so different when you’re pregnant. I’m used to taking care of women after giving birth. So being pregnant is definitely different,” Lopez said. .
I wonder what will happen when all these nurses go on maternity leave?
“With one nurse gone from each unit, we can plan. We have staff here to take care of everyone,” said nurse manager Heather Chavez.
Chavez will be the first one in the group. She has an introductory set in late January, and will be her third baby boy.
Five pregnancies at the same time is a lot, but not a record. Fourteen years ago, seven of her nurses in the delivery room were pregnant at the same time.
But McNeil Hospital still celebrates the birth of this group of mothers. A colleague recently hosted a baby shower for her four women whose due dates are two weeks apart from hers and lasted eight weeks.
And if you’re wondering what they have in store, don’t be surprised, all five of us found and ran a list for us:
Janet Avaros – Boy
Carolina Echeveria – Boy
Heather Chavez – Boy
Vanessa Martinez – girl
Alisha Lopez – girl
Congratulations to all moms.