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Mum goes into labour during her driving test – and passes!

Double congratulations due for mum who ended the day with a driving license and a new baby

Posted: 1 November 2011
by Kimberley Smith
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Emma received congratultions cards - for both her test and her baby

Learner driver Emma French was so keen to ditch her L-plates that she ignored being in labour for just long enough to pass her driving test. The determined mum-to-be not only managed to pass her test, but also drove herself to hospital to give birth.

“Everyone was telling me to go to the hospital but I had waited so long for my driving test that I was determined to do it,” said Emma, 20, from Scotland. “I didn’t dare tell the examiner I was in labour in case he made me cancel the test.”

Emma woke up on the morning of her driving test to discover her waters had broken, even though her baby wasn’t due for another month. She managed to keep her contractions secret from her examiner for the entire 45-minute test, and arrived at the hospital just six hours before her little girl, Eva MacFarlane, was born.

“I had failed my test in March and had to wait until August for another,” explained Emma. “I knew I had to do it because I knew if I didn’t I wouldn’t have another chance until the baby was a little older, so I just got on with it.”

“One good thing about being in labour that day, it really killed my pre-test nerves,” she added.

Well that’s one way to do it!


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