To help with her situation, the hospital staff provided Hill with an empty room to finish the test and even put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on her door.
Bar exams are often considered one of the hardest to pass even for the brightest of minds but this incredible woman managed to do so while she was in labor. Brianna Hill, from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, knew she was expecting right in time for her final test before earning a lawyer title. However, as the pandemic hit, the timeline was affected considerably, and the test dates came at the worst juncture possible for her, reports CNN. "I thought I would only be 28 weeks pregnant when I took the bar," Hill told the publication. "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!"
This story of how Brianna Hill finished the Bar exam after having her baby between sections of the test was shared with me as an 'inspirational' no hurdles are too high that women can't overcome them…— Ottilia Anna MaSibanda (@MaS1banda) October 11, 2020
With the tests taking the digital route, it was split into four 90-minute sections spread across two days. Add to this, the test taker had to sit in front of a computer where they would be proctored the entire duration to make sure they wouldn't be cheating. However, that was the least of Hill's concern, as she was just about to give birth. "I thought I felt something about 30 minutes into the test and actually thought, 'I really hope my water didn't just break.' 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." Hill was so resolute about accomplishing her goal, she didn't want the labor to stop her from it. "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."
Wow. Brianna Hill started Day 1 of the bar exam only to have her water break during the exam, but waited until she was done to go the hospital and deliver her baby!— José A. Hernandez (@JoseHernanddez) October 11, 2020
Then, she finished day 2 of the exam from her hospital bed! https://t.co/0wyyOmFPDp
She went to the hospital around 5:30 p.m. and gave birth to a baby boy at around 10 p.m. "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," she said. After finishing her first set of tests on Day One and successfully giving birth to a child, she then had Day Two to tackle. To help with her situation, the hospital staff provided Hill with an empty room to finish the test and even put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on her door. Hill managed to take the remainder of the exam in that room while taking the time to nurse her baby in between breaks.
During the middle of her bar exam in a virtual setting, Brianna Hill realized her baby was on the way — and she plodded on.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 11, 2020
“I took my break, got myself cleaned up, called my husband, midwife and mom ... then sat down to take the second part."https://t.co/9fZS3BGDVt
She was really appreciative of the hospital's help. "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. 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," Speaking to NBC Chicago about her situation, she said she had experienced pre-term labor so she knew what she would be expecting when the time came. However, knowing what could happen and experiencing the scenario play out are two different things. "Definitely a little crazy," Hill said.
Congrats JD & new mom Brianna Hill on the birth of her baby & completing the bar. We’re extremely impressed by how committed & resilient Ms. Hill was, and we’re deeply troubled the inflexibility of the exam left her no other options! #BarExam #Barpocalypse https://t.co/2B6prC2AlT— National Disabled Law Students Association (@NatDLSA) October 10, 2020
Currently, she's biding her time showering her newborn boy with love and taking care of him while awaiting her bar exam results which will arrive in December. However, her feisty stop-at-nothing attitude has already landed her a job.