Woman writes exam while in labour, gives birth and continues
Bar exams are hard enough, but a woman took hers while in labour and continued right after given birth.
According to news reports, Brianna Hill, a recent graduate of the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, was taking part in one of a Bar exams spread over two days when she went into labour.
The test was being administered online amid the coronavirus pandemic when Ms Hill began to experience labour pains.
Ms Hill, 28, was writing the first part of the test remotely when her contractions began. Determined to complete the exam, she continued writing until the first section was finished.
After that, she took a break before going back to write the second part of the exam.
“I took my break, got myself cleaned up, called my husband, midwife, and mom, cried because I was a little panicked, then sat to take the second part because my midwife told me I had time before I needed to go to the hospital,” she said.
Ms Hill went to the hospital at around 5.30pm. Her healthy baby boy arrived just after 10pm.
Meanwhile, she still had to finish part two of the Bar exam, so the hospital staff reserved a private room for her and put a “do not disturb” sign on the door.
“I took the rest of the test in there and was even able to nurse the baby in between sessions! Obviously, I really hope I passed but I’m mostly just proud that I pushed through and finished,” she added.
While Ms Hill’s dedication was praised, several people criticised the Bar Association for its rules.