Can pregnancy be contagious among friends? Science says yes, and so do some staff at a hospital in Maine where nine nurses from the Labor & Delivery Unit are currently expecting.
After one of the nurses posted a photo of 8 of the 9 mamas-to-be the sweet pic quickly went viral.
Soon local news stations picked up the story of the baby boom on the L&D unit at Maine Medical Center.
"It's really nice coming to work and seeing other people who are just as pregnant and watching their bellies pop and just talking about these experiences that we are going through together," one of the nurses, Amanda Spear, tells WMTW.
"I feel like every other day we would come into work and it would be like, 'someone else is pregnant,'" Spear tells NBC.
Another of the nurses, Erin Grenier, says that with every pregnancy announcement the staff got more and more excited for each other.
Nurse Brittney Verville can't believe the photo she posted to Facebook before resting up for the night shift now has thousands of likes and shares. "When we woke up we're like, 'oh my gosh I think we're viral,'" she told NBC.
All the nurses are due between April and July and the nine of them represent more than 10% of the nursing staff on the Labor and Delivery Unit.
Nine nurses pregnant at Maine Medical Center
Some pregnant mamas in Maine have commented on Facebook shares of the photo, wondering if there will be enough staff when they deliver.
The reply from the official Maine Medical Center Facebook account suggests hospital officials have been hard at work organizing this summer's staff schedules: "Don't worry! We have a plan. 😄"
Congrats to the nurse of the Maine Medical Center Labor and Delivery Unit! 🎉