There’s a baby boom in the maternity wards at two of our hospitals — Beverly and Winchester.
Beverly Hospital’s maternity team will welcome nine new babies into the family this year. One boy was born last month and eight more women are due between June and October.
Meanwhile, over at Winchester Hospital, the maternity ward is awaiting 12 new arrivals from nurses and staff.
At both locations, the news trickled slowly at first then an avalanche of babies seemed to be on their merry ways.
“There was a time where it seemed like every few weeks a new pregnancy was being announced,” said Shanna Mavilio, nurse manager of Beverly Hospital’s maternity department. Mavilio oversees the hospital’s Postpartum and Well Baby unit, consisting of Labor and Delivery, Post-Partum and Special Care Nursery.
Beverly’s pregnant nurses are able to connect with patients on a new level.
Lauren Buchan, 34, is one of the Beverly Hospital Labor and Delivery nurses expecting her son in October. This is the expectant mom’s second baby; she has a two-year-old child.
“A couple years ago there was a group of us that had babies around the same time,” she said. “There are a few more expecting this time.”
It’s a jovial situation at both hospitals.
“This is the largest group we have seen in quite a long while,” said Sue Petrosino, the nurse manager for Winchester Hospital’s Labor and Delivery unit. The 12 pregnant colleagues are between 18 and 38 weeks expecting.
“Some have jokingly said, ‘We’ll share rooms!’” Petrosino said. “They have very much enjoyed this experience together.”
Winchester Hospital Labor and Delivery nurse Lindsey Monahan, 30, was “the first to tell Sue,” she said of her pregnancy.
“Once everyone started announcing, I thought to myself, ‘I can’t believe I started this epidemic,’” she said with a laugh.