Mom delivers her own baby, alone in a hotel room...with a little help from YouTube videos
When Tia Freeman reached her hotel room in Istanbul, she began looking for videos on YouTube about how to deliver your own baby and began the procedure.
A woman from Nashville, Tennessee delivered her own baby in a hotel room in Turkey with the help of YouTube videos, and used shoelaces to cut the umbilical cord!
Tia Freeman, a member of the United States Air Force, narrated the incredible tale of her delivery one tweet at a time and kept the twitterati at the edge of their seats till the end of the story.
Might as well tell you now lol. Give me a little time though because it’s sort of a long story 😂😂— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
Freeman reportedly decided to take a trip to Germany in early March despite being nearly at the end of her term. The 22-year-old told BuzzFeed that she had booked the tickets for the trip even before she was aware that she had gotten pregnant. She said that she came to know about her pregnancy in her third trimester.
I didn’t know I was pregnant for awhile (already in my 3rd trimester) and before you ask the birth control I was on made it so I didn’t have a cycle every month. So not having a period wasn’t an indicator for me. On top of that I didnt really gain any weight.— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
Me when I found: pic.twitter.com/An5QA3hX8A
"I was in shock. I never saw myself as a mom before. I was more career-oriented. That’s probably why I was in denial after finding out," she told HuffPost.
So she decided to take the 14-hour flight to Istanbul, Turkey on March 7. She had an overnight layover in Turkey en route to Germany.
It was then when she began feeling sick and thought she had food poisoning after eating an in-flight meal. When she was at the airport in Istanbul, then she realized that it could be something else entirely.
I’m literally gripping the railing trying to make it through the lines. At this point I feel like I’m about to pass out. I’m sweating. I feel like I have to vomit. I’m going through it. Then I’m like wait a minute bitch are you in labor?!!! pic.twitter.com/p6SMEfunP0— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
So in true millennial form I decided to @Youtube it 😂😂. If no one else had my back the internet would! So here my ass is in my hotel room all by my lonesome learning how to deliver my own baby pic.twitter.com/v13ZhF6O8h— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
When Freeman reached her hotel room, she began looking for videos on YouTube about how to deliver your own baby and began the procedure.
She reportedly used two towels, one to wrap the baby in and the other one to bite onto when she gave birth. She also filled the bathtub with warm water and began pushing when her contractions were a minute further.
It’s weird how focused a person becomes when they’re adrenaline starts going. Because at no point ever did I freak out. Like I just did what I had to do.— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
Freeman said that after a few pushes the baby "popped out" and floated on to the water. She then looked for measures to sever the umbilical cord and ultimately took her shoe strings sterilized them by boiling and then used them as clamps.
She did not visit the hospital even after all this and cleaned the bathroom instead because "it looked like the set of a horror movie" and then went to bed with her son.
Freeman said that there were multiple reasons why she did not want to go to the hospital for the delivery.
"Not many people spoke English that I encountered at first,” she told the Independent. “And I didn’t know what the country’s emergency number was and I didn’t know how my insurance would work overseas so I just decided to DIY it."
When she reached the airport the next day, there was a lot of confusion about the newborn.
So I clean up the bathroom, breastfeed my baby, and go to sleep. No I do not go to the hospital I take my ass to bed. 😂😂 so the next day I wake up for and get ready to go to the airport because I already paid for the cab the night before & even though I knew I couldn’t fly out— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 25, 2018
“They thought I was a human trafficker trying to smuggle out a baby,” Freeman wrote on Twitter.
When I get there the airport workers are freaking out bc you can tell this baby is fresh. I legit didn’t have any baby clothes & made him something out of my favorite blue oversized button down (RIP 😢). Anyway they thought I was a human trafficker trying to smuggle out a baby. pic.twitter.com/dc0BCDv75J— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 25, 2018
She and her son were then examined and her story turned out to be true. The 22-year-old said that the airport staff was very nice to her then and even helped her name her baby Xavier Ata.
"The ladies at the airport who helped me said that he should have a Turkish name. So I asked them for a cute boy name and they suggested Ata," Freeman said.
To wrap up I go to the hospital get checked out everything is fine. He’s perfectly healthy! Lol the doctors were shocked to hear my story. I made national news & people would stop us to take pictures all the time & a random elderly woman grabbed my boob as I was breastfeeding pic.twitter.com/gGp4lJvEvl— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 25, 2018