The 33-year-old, Isobel Cohen, had to leave the newborn in intensive care while she sat the practical criticism paper at the city’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital maternity ward – on painkillers and still attached to a catheter after 18 hours in labour.
She then completed her Shakespeare and the Greek tragedies exam the next day in the hospital.
“Ms Cohen, a former dancer from Cambridge, turned down the opportunity to study at the university when she finished her A-levels to pursue a career on the stage,” metro.co.uk reports.
But she later took up a place to study English at Lucy Cavendish College and completed her studies despite falling pregnant in her final year.
She admitted that giving birth and sitting her finals within a couple of days was ‘slightly insane’, but added: ‘At least I was allowed to wear my dressing gown.’