At the tail end of 2018, an Illinois hospital gave us one of the best stories of the year. Eight nurses who work together at Anderson Hospital became pregnant around the same time, all giving birth within five months of each other! Read on to find out all the details of this incredible story!
Meet The Elite 8
Between July and December of 2018, eight nurses working together in Illinois gave birth to eight healthy babies. These amazing women, who all work as staff members Anderson Hospital’s Pavilion for Women in Maryville, gave birth throughout the five months. As you can see above, all the mothers are thrilled!
This group is now known as the “Elite 8” of the hospital. The rest of the hospital staff and management are delighted and proud of their nurses/moms, taking to Facebook to share the amazing news. The post said, “The Pavilion for Women had their own baby boom going……..and it exploded! We are loving all of our babies! The Elite 8 are here and ready to rule the world!!!!!!!!”
Eight Nurses And Eight Babies
Besides working alongside each other, the nurses, as well as the other staffers, have developed a close relationship over the years – which made the eight births even more joyous.
It all started when Susan Lentz, 40, told her co-workers she was 18 weeks pregnant. And then, one after another, seven more nurses revealed they were pregnant, too! The other nurses were Stavania Armstrong, Rebecca Eggering, 32, and Ashley and Sara Grotefendt, 30.
In an interview with People magazine, Grotefendt said, “At first it was like, ‘Oh wow, this is a great group of friends, and we’re all pregnant together. Then when it went to eight, we were like, ‘Holy cow!’ It was something awesome that we bonded over.”
Lentz was the first of the eight nurses to give birth, in July. She said, “It was super exciting because we knew there were so many more to come.” The last of the Elite 8 was Embick, who gave birth to a baby girl in December.
“We’re All Going Through The Same Thing”
Eight friends-turned-new-moms mean eight babies who will have plenty of play-dates. The eight nurses knew from the beginning this is one of the best parts of giving birth alongside your co-workers whom you love. They said, “We’ve had playdates, we’ve met for lunch, It’s so much fun. We’re all going through the same thing. We all related over the same things, like when the baby first smiles or giggles at you.”
The nurses said in the interview how they see each other as family. They’ve got a support system at work and became mini-celebrities in the hospital. They can share tips with each other, consult, and take comfort among each other in the journey of raising a newborn. We wish them all the best of luck with their new journey!