Hospital has 22 labor and delivery staffers pregnant at same time

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EDGEWOOD, Ky. (GOOD MORNING AMERICA) – There must be something in the water at St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky, as 22 labor and delivery hospital staffers were all pregnant at the same time this year.

Among the group of physicians, nurses and administrative workers, 18 of the women are now mothers.

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Two of the little ones arrived on the same day, Sept. 25, and four more women are still to give birth, with the last mom expected to deliver in January 2020.

Kristy McDowell, a labor and delivery nurse, was the first to have her baby on May 13. At 32 weeks, McDowell welcomed a girl, Priscilla, who weighed 4 pound, 8 ounces.

PHOTO: There must be something in water at St. Elizabeth's Healthcare in Kentucky, as 22 labor and delivery hospital staffers were all pregnant at the same time this year.

Priscilla spent 34 days in the NICU but is now thriving, McDowell told “GMA.”

“She’s [now] the biggest out of all of them,” McDowell said of her daughter. “She’s very happy, always smiling — doesn’t cry unless she’s hungry.”

PHOTO: Kristy McDowell, a labor and delivery nurse at St. Elizabeth's Healthcare in Kentucky,, was the first to have her baby on May 13. At 32 weeks, McDowell welcomed a girl, Priscilla, who weighed 4 pound, 8 ounces.

McDowell said each day she’d come into work and more and more of her colleagues would reveal their pregnancies.

“We had a list at the nurse’s station and somebody was always adding their name to it,” she said.

Sarah Dixon, a secretary in the labor and delivery unit, welcomed a girl, Jensyn, on Sept. 11 weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces.

PHOTO: Sarah Dixon, a secretary in the labor and delivery unit at St. Elizabeth's Healthcare in Kentucky,, welcomed a girl, Jensyn, on Sept. 11 weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces.

“She’s a double rainbow baby and [myself] and her older three siblings, we hold her all the time,” Dixon said. “She’s very special.”

Assistant nurse manager Jocelyn Laake said the hospital is one big family.

“Then to get to share this moment in the lives of so many people you work with…is truly a blessing.”

The women said they are excited to see their children grow up together.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.