Viral story on pregnancies connects expectant nurses in Dayton, San Diego

Eleven pregnant Miami Valley Hospital labor and delivery nurses were surprised by another group of pregnant nurses from San Diego’s Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns.

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Monday afternoon, the pregnant nurses at Miami Valley Hospital received a special delivery of mom and baby goodies from the women at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital who are also pregnant.

“It’s very nice to be recognized by people we don’t even know and have never had contact with,” said Liz Jones, a nurse at MVH who received the surprise.

The two groups are connected by a story that went viral in April.

The story announced that MVH’s labor and delivery department staff was experiencing a baby boom. Eight of the 11 nurses are expected to deliver between May and October.

At Sharp Mary Birch in southern California, there are 12 soon-to-be moms working in the labor and delivery unit. Their due dates also are from May to October.

When the staff of women from San Diego heard this story, they wanted to do something special to celebrate and support the women at MVH.

“It’s easy to understand the struggles that we all go through, working long shifts and being pregnant, and trying to sleep odd hours,” said Kara Westerfield, another nurse at MVH, who is 32 weeks pregnant.

The company that produces Evivo, the first and only clinically-proven probiotic for babies partnered with the San Diego nurses to make this surprise possible.

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“It’s little things like this that make you thankful,” Westerfield said.

The nurses of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital pre-recorded a video message that was presented to the women at MVH after they received their surprise gifts.

“Maybe we could make a chain reaction and keep it going,” Jones said.

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