Baby boy delivered during bar exam

All mothers remember the day they gave birth, but most aren’t taking the bar exam when they are breathing through contractions and trying to figure out this multiple choice question: 

A)    Finish the exam
B)    Get thee to a hospital 

Brianna Hill graduated from Loyola University Chicago's School of Law In May. She was scheduled to take the Illinois State Bar Exam back in July, but COVID-19 delayed the test until October, when it was held virtually.

On the big day, Hill sat down in front of her screen, 38 weeks pregnant, to begin the exam from home. But her baby boy had other plans. 

“I started the second section and 15 to 20 minutes in, I started having contractions," Hill said.

And it’s not as if she could do much about it. Because it’s a virtual test, the proctors can see if you’re front of your screen. And you don’t want to be caught out of view, which could lead to cheating allegations.

Even if your water breaks …

"I had already asked for an accommodation to get up and go to the bathroom because I was 38 weeks pregnant, and they said I'd get flagged for cheating. I couldn't leave the view of the camera," Hill said. 

And if they wouldn’t allow a pregnant woman to use the restroom, what kind of accommodations would be offered if a woman were in labor? But, then again, this was a first for everyone involved.

Hill figured she had no choice. She answered “A.”  She continued taking the exam.

"I was determined," Hill told “Good Morning America” when was asked why she didn't stop the exam after showing signs of labor. "Also, I've never been pregnant before, so I was [thinking], 'I don't know what this feels like.'"

The good news is that the test is taken over two days. So Hill could finish day one, allowing her husband to get her to the hospital, where she delivered her 6-pound, 5-ounce son, Cassius Phillip Andrew.

The bad news? She still had to complete day two of the exam. 

With help from her family and nursing staff, she was able to get in front of her computer screen and finish the exam without any post-partum interruptions. 

"I woke up and they set up a spare room for me," Hill told NBC5 in Chicago. "They put a 'Do not Enter' sign on there."

In January, Hill is scheduled to begin a job as a legal aid organizer in Chicago doing housing work associated with eviction defense, subsidized housing and landlord-tenant issues in low-income communities.

She will find out in December if she passed the exam. 

Passed it? 

Oh, come on. If anybody deserves a curve, Hill does. 

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