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North Carolina woman gives birth to her son and walks to receive her doctorate degree in 24 hours


Within a 24 hour period, a woman gave birth to her first child and received her doctorate degree.

On May 3 at 3:08 p.m., Abby Bailiff, a 28-year-old resident of Thomasville, North Carolina, gave birth to her son, whom she named Bodie.

The UNC Greensboro School of Nursing graduate said her due date was April 27 and that each day that passed made her more anxious about her upcoming May 4 graduation ceremony.

Speaking to Good Morning America, Bailiff said, "Every day past 40 weeks I was like, 'Oh gosh. This is getting closer and closer.'"

She claimed that due to concerns from the doctors regarding the growth of Bodie's lungs, she was ultimately induced on May 2. "It was not the original plan to be that close to graduation ... but Bodie had other plans," she said.

Bailiff claims she delivered her baby, Bodie, without any complications.

She and her son spent the night in the hospital, and were discharged the next day, on May 4.

Bailiff and her baby were discharged the next day, on May 4.

She said, "I was still debating on whether I was going [to graduation] or not, because I didn't want to be, like, a bad mom and just up and leave him right when I got home. But around 1:30, I was like, 'I think I should really do this.' My sister and mom were here, and they were like, 'Well, let's get you ready.'"

About two hours later, Bailiff attended her graduation ceremony, which began at 3 p.m., just about 24 hours after the birth of her son, Bodie.

Bailiff walked across the stage to receive her doctor of nursing practice degree as her husband and Bodie watched from home via FaceTime.

She said, "Once I got there and I walked in, I was like, I'm so glad I came. It was an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. I can't even describe the feeling I felt. I was just overjoyed."

According to ABC News, Bailiff claimed that she worked as a full-time registered nurse throughout her three-year doctor of nursing practice program, frequently covering overnight shifts to enable her to attend classes during the day. She finished the program's final phase, clinicals, while she was in the third trimester of her pregnancy.

Bailiff claimed that she also took and passed her board exam on May 1, just two days before giving birth.

She said, "l worked really hard to do it all and to accomplish my dreams and goals. And it was all for Bodie."

Hannah Allison, Bailiff's sister, posted a video on TikTok showcasing all that Bailiff had accomplished, which caused the achievement to go viral. Hannah titled the post, "POV: You become a mom & a doctor in the same 24 hours."

Bailiff claimed that when she saw the video that captured everything she had done, it caught her off guard.

She said, "At the moment, I was just like, I'll just go and do it, and then when my sister made the video, it just kind of put everything in perspective. I just felt like a superhero."

Furthermore, she said, "Women are just so capable of doing whatever we can to accomplish our goals and still be a mom and still have career goals as well. So, it was really cool to watch."

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