Student, 20, who sat an exam while in LABOUR for the SECOND time in four years reveals how she struggled through with her contractions – and still passed both times
- Khiara Darbyshire, 20, from Worthing, gave birth to daughter Poppy hours later
- Had been induced three days before exam due to concern baby wasn’t moving
- Used a Tens machine to control the pain from her contractions during the paper
- Mother sat GCSE exam while experiencing labour pains with four-year-old Hugo
A student was in labour as she sat two different exams – four years apart, but she still passed them both.
Khiara Darbyshire, 20, from Worthing, told how she was hooked up to a Tens machine to control the pain of her contractions while she completed her theatrical and media make-up exam at Brighton Met college recently.
A few hours later she gave birth to daughter Poppy – and learned she had passed the test.
However, it isn’t the first time it happened – in 2015 Khiara was in labour while she sat a 90-minute GCSE geography exam. She gave birth to 8lb 5oz baby Hugo, now four, a week later after her labour stalled.
The mother of two said: ‘I was shocked that I took my GCSE geography while in labour and I still managed to pass, but I didn’t expect it to happen again.’
Khiara Darbyshire, 20, from Worthing, told how she was hooked up to a Tens machine to control the pain of her contractions while she completed her theatrical and media make-up exam at Brighton Met college recently
Khiara Darbyshire (right) with baby Poppy (front) son Hugo (back) and partner Sam Tarrant (left)
Khiara sat a one-and-a-half hour written exam while in labour with daughter Poppy, pictured, and managed to get through the entire paper – and pass
Khiara fell pregnant at 16 and her due date was right in the middle of her GCSE exams.
She initially dismissed her pains as ‘practice contractions’ – known as Braxton Hicks – but she was, in fact, in early labour with baby Hugo, who is now four.
So she was relieved when she discovered her second baby wasn’t due until nine days after her theatrical and media make-up exam at Brighton Met College.
However, the day before she sat the paper to become a film make-up artist she went into labour after being induced because she couldn’t feel her baby moving.
Picking up a Tens machine, which uses a mild electrical current to reduce pain, she sat the written test the next day – to the amazement of her teacher.
Khiara said: ‘I told her that technically I had been in labour for a couple of days and her face dropped.
Khiara Darbyshire, 20, at her home in Worthing, West Sussex with baby Poppy who she went into labour with while in an exam
Khiara fell pregnant at 16, with Hugo, 4 and her due date was right in the middle of her GCSE exams, she has since had baby Poppy
‘She told me that if it got too much and I needed to leave, I could just leave.
‘But I thought it would be better to do the exam in labour than to do it with a screaming baby, so I just did it.
‘The machine really helped, and if the pain got to the point that it was really starting to hurt I would turn it up.
She finished the 90-minute exam in just over an hour, then asked: ‘Is it OK if I go now to have my baby?’
Khiara said that she was shocked that she took her GCSE geography while in labour and still managed to pass, but she didn’t expect it to happen again
Khiara, pictured with her partner Sam Tarrant, was hooked up to a Tens machine to control the pain of her contractions while she completed her theatrical and media make-up exam at Brighton Met college
‘I caught a taxi straight to the hospital from college and the driver had to go slowly over all the speed bumps.’
Khiara’s partner Sam Tarrant, 23, raced to be at her side when she gave birth within hours of finishing the exam.
Her daughter Poppy was born a few hours later at Worthing Hospital weighing 7lbs 9oz.
‘When I got a contraction I would focus on my breathing so I could get the exam done. The good news is I passed.’
Incredibly, she is no stranger to having contractions during exams.
Khiara is also mum to son Hugo, aged four (pictured), and has since graduated from her course with a merit grade
Unsurprisingly, Khiara (right) picked up a Commitment to Learning award at the annual Brighton Met awards ceremony to celebrate student achievements.
At the age of 16, she sat a GCSE geography exam while experiencing labour pains with Hugo, who was born five days later.
When she found out she was pregnant with Poppy, she told her tutor at the college where she was on an advanced diploma course in theatrical and media make-up.
‘My tutor was very supportive and kind and we talked about how we were going to get all my exams done,’ she said.
‘I carried on as best I could, my uniform got bigger and bigger. My college were always understanding. They would help me if I needed anything and would speak to me if I was worrying.
Proud mum-of-two Khiara, pictured with Hugo, picked up a Commitment to Learning award at the annual Brighton Met awards ceremony to celebrate student achievements
Khiara has since graduated from her course with a merit grade and admitted she isn’t sure what she’ll do in the future.
‘Hugo starts school next year so I will be there to help him, and then we will see what happens,’ she said.
Unsurprisingly, Khiara picked up a Commitment to Learning award at the annual Brighton Met awards ceremony to celebrate student achievements.
Now the couple, with their second baby Poppy, want a third baby – but say they will time it better next time.
Speaking at the ceremony, Julie Nerney, chairwoman of the Met’s board of governors, said ‘This is the highlight of my year. It puts everything that everyone working at the college does into perspective.
‘Our students are at the heart of what we do and the students we are here to celebrate tonight will take your breath away. I am overwhelmed by the nominations and the stories they tell.’
Now the couple want a third baby – but say they will time it better next time.
She said: ‘I want another baby in the future, but I can’t risk this happening again. I will have to time everything to perfection or make sure I don’t take any other courses.
‘I’m going to frame both Hugo and Poppy’s birth certificates and hang them next to my exam results to show what I went through having them.’
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