Woman goes into labor during bar exam, gave birth, then finished test

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

11th Oct, 2020. 03:23 pm
woman gives birth during bar exam

An American woman while taking the bar exam, gave birth in the middle of the test.

Brianna Hill knew she would be pregnant during her bar exam, but she wasn’t expecting a huge curveball in timing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I thought I would only be 28 weeks pregnant when I took the bar,” Hill told. “However, due to the pandemic, the test was pushed to October and I was going to be 38 weeks. I joked about taking the test from my hospital bed. Lesson learned!”

Hill said the exam is proctored so you have to sit in front of the computer the entire time to make sure you aren’t cheating.

“I thought I felt something about 30 minutes into the test and actually thought, ‘I really hope my water didn’t just break,'” Hill said. “But I couldn’t go check and so I finished the first section. As soon as I stood up when I finished, I knew my water had broken.”

But even the realization of going into labour didn’t stop Hill from accomplishing her goal.

“I took my break, got myself cleaned up, called my husband, midwife, and mom, cried because I was a little panicked, then sat down to take the second part because my midwife told me I had time before I needed to go to the hospital.”

Hill said she got to the hospital around 5:30 pm and her new baby boy arrived just after 10 pm.

“The whole time my husband and I were talking about how we wanted me to finish the test and my midwife and nurses were so on board. There just wasn’t another option in my mind,” Hill said.

“I’m so thankful for the support system I had around me. The midwives and nurses were so invested in helping me not only become a mom but also a lawyer,” Hill said.

She further added, “My husband and law school friends provided me with so much encouragement so I could push through the finish line even under less than ideal circumstances. And my family, especially my sister, just kept reminding me how I could do it even when I wasn’t so sure myself.”

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