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Woman Staves Off Labor to Finish Tests

August 19, 2003

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Final exams in college are stressful enough, but Joy Conner had even more to deal with while taking four finals in one day.

She went into labor.

The expectant mother’s contractions started Wednesday as she was in the middle of her second final exam of the day at Metropolitan Community College.

Her due date was not until Friday. She was hoping the baby could wait. However, her labor pains were only five minutes apart while taking the test.

``I took the test and after every question, I’d kind of sit there and breathe,″ she said.

Even though she had a good reason to quit and make up the tests later, she completed all her finals for the day before heading to the hospital and eventually giving birth to a daughter, Evelyn Leigh.

The respiratory therapy student said she is happy she completed the tests, even as the contractions got worse. She said she wanted to finish the tests so she could concentrate on the birth and her baby.

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