There's an old saying that says there must be something in the water. So, there must be something very special in the water dispenser in the staff room at the intensive care nursery at this Kansas hospital
According to Good Morning America, the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery in Kansas City, Missouri had exactly 36 nurses on staff due to give birth in 2019. First up was Allison Ronco, 32, who gave birth to son Henry on January 7th. Ronco is a critical care nurse and education coordinator.
“We always have a baby boom going on like this,” Ronco told “Good Morning America.” “For us, it is just our normal. Patients joke to not drink the water in this place unless you want to get pregnant. We have an amazing support system. There is no shortage of parental advice among us.”
After baby Henry's entrance into the world, another 20 babies from his mother's co-workers and friends followed. Sarah Carboneau, 27, gave birth to Ben on February 9th. About 9 days later, doctors noticed an abnormality and sent the baby for testing. A cardiac test soon revealed that Ben had been born with a heart defect.
Of course, such devastating news would be highly upsetting for any parent. But if there was any mother who could be surrounded by the best support group possible, it was Carboneau.
“I was a mess because I’ve seen a lot of things [as a nurse]. It was an out-of-body experience because I knew what to expect when he was getting transported to the NICU,” Carboneau told Good Morning America.
“I was surrounded by everyone I knew. Feeling all of the love was overwhelming, but [Children’s Mercy] took amazing care of him and was able to [be] fixed with surgery a couple days later," she continued.
These 36 mothers, mothers-to-be and nurses work in the Level IV NICU, which means that they are responsible for handling some of the most complicated cases of critically ill and injured infants in the Midwest. These women are heroes to plenty of other women and parents and now they are tightening their friendship bond with motherhood.
“We definitely truly are all really good friends,” Ronco said. “We are all raising these babies together.” What do you think of this incredible story? Have you and a good friend been pregnant at the same time? Let us know in the comments!