Nurses joke there must be something in the tea on their ward as NINE fall pregnant within months
11:45 GMT, 12 November 2012
Nurses have joked there must be something in the tea served at the hospital where they work after nine women from the same department have all become mothers.
At one point earlier this year, all nine of the nurses at Birmingham Children's Hospital oncology and haematology department were pregnant.
They have given birth to five boys and four girls since February.
On cloud nine: From left, Louise Cook with baby Sophie, Tasmin Aston and Frankie, Claire Smith and Fabian, Beckie Andersson and Mia, Helen Truslove and Isobelle, Kellie Lennon and Frankie, Eloise Neumann and Erin and Josie Nicholls with Caleb
Junior sister Claire Smith, 38, who gave birth to Fabian Sidney this summer, said: 'It's truly amazing that we were all pregnant at the same time. It really is a baby boom. I guess it's all down to the tea we drink!'
The mum-of-three, from Wyre Piddle, Worcestershire, added: 'It was very hormonal in the department when we were all waddling around pregnant. But at the same time it was lovely as we could share stories and talk about vomiting!
'Now we've all given birth, we talk about babies instead, about how they're developing and what they're up to. I've been pregnant twice before but there was no one else expecting at the same time with my two previous children. So this time, it's been great.'
Something in the tea At one point earlier this year, all nine of the women who work at Birmingham Children's Hospital were pregnant
Another of the new mothers, outreach nurse Beckie Andersson, 35, said: 'I'm not based on the ward, but when I heard about all the others being pregnant I thought it was great. We have been feeding each other cake and chocolate during our pregnancies.'
Helen Truslove, 32 and a junior sister, became a mum for the first time after giving birth to baby Isobelle. She said: 'It was nice to be able to go to colleagues for tips and advice as it was my first time. Because certain people were further ahead, I could ask them what they were experiencing.'
Staff nurse Louise Cook, 29, was the first to fall pregnant last June, closely followed by junior sister Tasmin Aston, 32.
Child support: The women said they have enjoyed being able to share baby stories and mothering tips
Afterwards, Claire announced the news that she was expecting, followed by Beckie and Helen.
Kellie Lennon, a 31-year-old outreach nurse, fell pregnant next, then junior sisters Eloise Neumann, 29, Josie Nicholls, 31, and Faye Anderson, 30.
And the nurses are not the only new mothers on the ward – as doctor Louise Fryearson gave birth to Ella Rose on May 29, weighing 6lbs 14oz.
Angie Burns, ward manager, said she was happy for all the new mothers. 'I've never had this many staff get pregnant at the same time, only two maximum,' she laughed. 'It's very nice for them all.'