'So many bellies': Pediatric colleagues experience office baby boom

PHOTO: From left to right, Jessica Mielcarek, Anni Portocarrero, Meghan Keil, Kathy Krueger and Stephanie Holt are all colleagues at Franklin Park Pediatrics in Toledo, Ohio and expecting children within months of one another. PlayFranklin Park Pediatrics
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A doctor's office will soon welcome five new little patients thanks to a sudden baby boom.

Over the next six months, colleagues Jessica Mielcarek, Anni Portocarrero, Meghan Keil, Kathy Krueger and Stephanie Holt of Franklin Park Pediatrics in Toledo, Ohio, will deliver their bundles of joy.

"I was excited for them, and that I wouldn't be going through it alone," said front staff employee, Mielcarek, 28, who was first to announce her June 12th due date. "Everytime somebody walks in they say, 'There's so many bellies around here! Don't drink the water."

PHOTO: The ladies of Franklin Park Pediatrics in Toledo, Ohio, will be welcoming children from summer to fall of 2018.Franklin Park Pediatrics
The ladies of Franklin Park Pediatrics in Toledo, Ohio, will be welcoming children from summer to fall of 2018.

PHOTO: Jessica Mielcarek a front staff worker, is due June 12 with a baby boy. Jessica Mielcarek
Jessica Mielcarek a front staff worker, is due June 12 with a baby boy.

Portocarrero, a 29-year-old nurse, is next in line with a baby girl named Hattie Sophia who is due to arrive July 16. Keil, 32, a medical assistant is expecting her daughter, Emily Anne, on August 12, followed by front staff employee, Kathy Krueger, 33, on September 26 ,who is keeping her baby's sex a surprise.

PHOTO: Stephanie Holt, a front staff worker, is due with a girl November 15.Stephanie Holt
Stephanie Holt, a front staff worker, is due with a girl November 15.

Holt, 29, another front staff employee, will be the final mom to give birth on November 15 with a girl named McKenzie.

Holt said her coworkers have been a great support system for her during her pregnancy.

PHOTO: From left to right, Jessica Mielcarek, Anni Portocarrero, Meghan Keil, Kathy Krueger and Stephanie Holt are all colleagues at Franklin Park Pediatrics in Toledo, Ohio and expecting children within months of one another. Franklin Park Pediatrics
From left to right, Jessica Mielcarek, Anni Portocarrero, Meghan Keil, Kathy Krueger and Stephanie Holt are all colleagues at Franklin Park Pediatrics in Toledo, Ohio and expecting children within months of one another.

"I was relieved [to have them] because I had all of them to ask my questions to," she said.

Jen Matuszewski, medical billing supervisor and media specialist of Franklin Park Pediatrics, said the office exudes a "fun, family environment" -- now more than ever.

"This is where we work to see babies all day and when it's your coworkers, it's even more exciting," Matuszewski said. "Everybody gets along and the doctors have been fantastic."

Holt said she and the four moms-to-be often go to lunch together and crave "a lot of candy."

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