Woman Takes (And Finishes) Bar Exam While In Active LaborCeridwen Morris
Wow: A pregnant woman went into active labor during the Illinois Bar Exam, labored throughout, finished the exam walked across the street to the hospital and gave birth two hours later.
“A friend of mine went into labor while taking the Illinois bar exam,” someone told Above The Law. “She calmly finished, went to the hospital, and had her baby an hour or two later. Girl’s a real trooper.”Apparently, her water didn’t break but she was definitely in active labor. I wonder if she moaned? Surely, one must remain still and quiet during the bar exam. It’s incredible what a woman will do to take care of business before the baby is born.
It’s not easy to be still, let alone sit, during active labor. The fact that she gave birth a couple hours after the exam would put her pretty squarely in the throes of active labor. According to all reports, it was “full-on” labor.
Who knows maybe the tension surrounding the exam ended up serving as a powerful distraction. ONe of my favorite labor stories is about an Amish women who was found by her midwife refinishing a chair at 9 cm.
According to Above The Law, the mother was one of the top-ranked students in the Accelerated J.D. (“AJD”) program, which allows students to get a law degree in two years rather than three. She told exam proctors she might go into labor and could leave the exam if this were to happen. They agreed and were helpful getting her out quickly once the exam was over at 4pm. The baby boy was born at 6pm,(apparently via c-section, though I’m not sure why.
“This was something we joked about with her before the test,” one of her friends said, “We didn’t think it would actually happen!”
Congratulations to new mom and …. new lawyer?