Lifestyle Pets Mother Duck Hatches Her Adorable Ducklings Outside the Maternity Ward of a Florida Hospital A mother duck made her nest in an enclosed courtyard at Baptist Medical Center Beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, and needed some help from the facility's staff when her ducklings hatched By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 30, 2022 01:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Mother knows best! According to the Baptist Medical Center Beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, a wise momma duck made herself at home outside the hospital's labor and delivery center. Earlier in the year, the duck flew into the enclosed courtyard next to the hospital's labor and delivery unit and decided to make her nest in the space. The bird eventually hatched ten healthy ducklings right outside the hospital's maternity ward. Unfortunately, while it was easy for the mother duck to fly into space, there was no way for her to leave the atrium on her own with her ducklings, who still had some time before they could fly. Animal Control Officer Saves 11 Ducklings from Storm Drain by Playing Duck Sounds on Her Phone Thanks to the quick-thinking hospital staff, the mom and her babies didn't stay stuck for long. Employees from the hospital's labor and delivery center carefully escorted the ducks from the courtyard, through the hospital, and out the front door. Video of the feathered family's parade through the hospital's halls shows staff members cautiously encouraging the ducks through the building using posters until all of the animals are safely outside. "We're still 'quacking' up over this sweet story. Congrats, Mama! We'll see you in six weeks for your follow-up," Beaches OBGYN joked about the adorable incident on Facebook. Simu Liu Recreates Adorable Childhood Photo with Duck Over 20 Years Later This Florida duck is not the first "smart mama" to hatch her ducklings inside a hospital. University of Rochester's Thompson Health Hospital in Canandaigua, New York, becomes a baby bird maternity ward every year. "Every year, without fail, a mama duck chooses one of the enclosed courtyards at our M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center to lay her eggs and take care of her babies," Thompson Health shared in 2019 after yet another mother duck hatched her eggs at the hospital and needed to be escorted out of the building with her babies.