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Sixteen nurses get pregnant at Arizona hospital ICU

12 of the 16 pregnant nurses pose with their bumps on show in uniform Image copyright Banner Health
Image caption Some of the nurses gave a news conference on Friday and joked that they had schemed together to get Christmas off

Pregnancy might just be catching at a hospital in Mesa, Arizona, where 16 nurses are expecting at once.

That's 10% of the nursing staff in the intensive care unit, and patients have started to notice the high pregnancy rate, the nurses said.

At a news conference, the women joked that there must be something in the water, or that maybe it was a joint plan for Christmas holidays off.

The group's first birth is expected in September and the last in January.

Rochelle Sherman, who is just over a month away from giving birth, said: "I don't think we realised just how many of us were pregnant until we started a Facebook group.

"It's like we had some kind of pact going on."

Her colleague Jolene Garrow thanked colleagues who have stepped in to do jobs pregnant women cannot do - such as dealing with contagious illnesses like tuberculosis and shingles, or performing some treatments for cancer patients.

The staff will throw a joint baby shower for all the women next week, before they start going on their 12 weeks of maternity leave.

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