"[Babies] love to be held, so every time I would look down at the baby, the baby had his little hand on my chest, like 'And this is good!'"
Langone patients were evacuated to various New York hospitals, including Mount Sinai Medical Center, where mother Luz Martinez wrapped nurse Beth Largey in an embrace. Largey had carried her 2-pound baby boy to safety.
In Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, another mom tearfully expressed her gratitude to Sandra Kyong Bradbury, who ensured the safe evacuation of a baby named Jackson.
"I'm just so thankful," she said.
The nurses would later receive praise from President Obama, who said they represented the "brightest in America."
Many others call them heroes.
Asked what they believed made a hero, they gave responses such as "keeping calm in the face of adversity" and "teamwork."
"We take care of (the babies) every day," said Kyong Bradbury. During the storm, she said, "it was in extreme circumstances."
"You step up," she said, "and I think that's what makes a hero."