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The sudden joy and fear of a pregnancy test and watching the presidential debates

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Sarah Delberti had a long day ahead. While preparing for a bar exam on Saturday, Delberti had gone in for her regular prenatal massage — a $60 service at the Monastero Verde spa in White Plains. But this time, Delberti was coming out the other side with an additional opportunity to polish her legal skills.

She was finished with the pregnancy test — her first one — and the delirium of labor began to creep into her. At her practice in White Plains, the pregnancy test confirmed the baby was in fact a boy.

The family started getting phone calls at about 6:30 p.m. about 5 1/2 months’ pregnant Delberti’s final exam, scheduled for that evening at night. She began to think things were coming together.

After 11 p.m., she called her mother. “I think I gave birth,” she said.

Both her sister and her niece said they knew that was what she was doing.

She delivered at about 2 a.m. at Westchester Medical Center. It was more news-free than all of the ensuing complications.

She had to drop out of Harvard law school, had to fly back home to White Plains and was afraid the baby’s breathing wouldn’t last long. Doctors were at her bedside, hoping for something they had never quite seen before.

On Monday, the Daily News named Delberti the Paper’s 2018 Person of the Year.

This election year, she left the lab behind to get to the polls to watch the debates — while she delivered.

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