Woman Passes Driving Test While in Labor, Then Drives to Hospital

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pregnantEmma French has an amazing labor and delivery story for sure. The 20-year-old had failed her driving test a few months back and had been waiting for the day when she could finally take it again. When that day came, however, she was in labor. That didn't stop French.

According to a story in the Mirror, even though she was in full labor -- with contractions just 10 minutes apart -- she was bound and determined to take that driving test, and take it she did without giving any indication to the administrator of the test of her condition. She passed too, then drove herself right on to the hospital where she delivered her little girl, Eva MacFarlane, six hours later.

She told the paper:

Everyone was telling me to go to the hospital but I had waited so long for my driving test, I was determined to do it. I didn’t dare tell the examiner I was in labour in case he made me cancel the test.

Impressive, yes. I love the display of womanly strength and determination, and I'm confident she's a much tougher woman than I. But I would have rather seen her head to the hospital. Her water had broken more than four hours before the 8:40 a.m. test, and despite pleas from her family, she still went to take it. She ended up having plenty of time, but there's no way she could have known that. Sometimes things go wrong when you're in labor, and putting off medical care (or care of a midwife or whatever your birth plan involves) for something like a driving test seems a bit irresponsible both for her baby and for others on the road.

French, however, credits her labor with helping her pass. “And one good thing about being in labour that day -- it really killed my pre-test nerves,” she said.

Fortunately she had a happy ending and today she has a beautiful, healthy little girl. But while she may have a good story to tell now, it could have easily had a less-than-happy ending, and I don't think the risk of that was worth it.

Do you think it was irresponsible for this woman to take a driving test when she was in labor?


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