This might be the craziest story you read today. A female member of the U.S. Air Force recounted this week how she delivered her own baby while alone in a hotel room using only YouTube videos to guide her.
According to the Huffington Post, 22-year-old Tia Freeman was shocked back in January to find out she was not only pregnant but also in her third trimester.
She told the Huffington Post, “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.”
Freeman had already booked a trip to Germany and, despite the closeness of her due date, decided to still take it in early March. But during a layover in Turkey, she realized that she was going into labor.
Alone in her hotel room, she searched YouTube for detailed videos on how to deliver a baby.
Asked later why she didn’t simply call for help or go to the hospital, Freeman replied, “Not many people spoke English that I encountered at first. 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.”
Grabbing some paper towels and filling the hotel room bathtub with warm water, she got in and followed the videos’ instructions on when to push. Out came a baby boy, and he “floated right on up to the top of the water,” Freeman recounted.
She used boiling water to sterilize some shoelaces so she could use them as clamps while cutting the umbilical cord. With the baby appearing to be healthy, she cleaned up the bathroom, which “looked like the set of a horror movie,” and went to bed with the newborn.
Freeman had a little trouble at the airport when she arrived the next day with the baby. It took some talking and examination to convince airport employees that the baby was hers and that she was not a human trafficker who had swiped someone else’s child.
She ended up at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey where she secured a birth certificate and passport for her new boy, Xavier Ata. After that, they were examined at a hospital and got to stay a couple extra weeks in the country before flying out. Turkish Airlines graciously paid for her stay.
When Freeman made it back home, her family was especially surprised by her new child because she hadn’t even told them she was pregnant.
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