File this under: Additional proof that mothers are superhuman because this mom even finished the test the next day.

By Zara Hanawalt
October 12, 2020
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Giving birth is easily one of the hardest things a human being can do—if you've done it, you know it can be a struggle to breathe, let alone do anything else while, you know, bringing a whole human into the world.

That's what makes this story so flat-out unbelievable. A woman in Illinois was 38 weeks pregnant while taking her bar exam and in the middle of the test, her water broke.

"I thought I would only be 28 weeks pregnant when I took the bar. 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," Brianna Hill told CNN.

You can probably guess what happened from there.

"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 Hill didn't let a little thing like active labor stop her from pushing through (er, no pun intended) on the bar exam. Her midwife told her she likely had some time, so she cleaned herself up, cried in a fit of panic, and went back to the test.

Luckily, the remote version of the exam is spread out over two days, so Hill was able to head to the hospital in time to give birth—but her unfinished exam was still very much on her mind. Hill managed to finish the exam the day after she gave birth. Do you remember how exhausted you were the day after giving birth? I do, and I'll tell you this much: I could barely string a sentence together, let alone think of taking a major exam. But somehow Hill made it happen.

With a bit of help, of course. The hospital staff showed Hill to an empty room and placed a "do not disturb" sign on the door so the new mom could finish her exam. She was even able to nurse her baby during test breaks.

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

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