Sixteen nurses at once pregnant at US hospital

Twelve of the 16 pregnant nurses at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa Arizona pose for

There was a big surprise for the hospital's administration when the mysterious coincidence became known, but they are not anxious about the moment when the 16 nurses would be on the maternity leave.

It has been a pregnancy galore at a suburban Arizona hospital in United States (US) where 16 intensive care nurses recently found out that had all taken in, Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

The nurses at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa outside Phoenix joked Friday they thought there was something in the water when it became clear they were all expecting babies between October and January.

I mean, it's going to work, even if that wasn't their plan.

Her pregnant colleague Jolene Garrow joked: "We all formulated this plan to have the holidays off".

Nurse Rochelle Sherman, who is almost eight months pregnant, said: "'I don't think we realised just how many of us were pregnant until we started a Facebook group".

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"The 16 nurses are from three different critical care units", said Heather Francis, nursing director for various ICU units at Banner.

They will go on maternity leave for 12 weeks.

"The next day there were pickles and olives", the nurse said. "Also, chemotherapy rugs can be very toxic to the fetus".

One of the women said she and another nurse discovered they were pregnant, and were surprised to find that many of their colleagues are also expecting.

Officials at the hospital say they've already arranged for fill-in nurses for the upcoming surge of absences due to maternity leave.

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