It may be hard to really rattle Tia Freeman. The new mom proved pretty unflappable when she gave birth in a hotel room on her own while on a layover in Istanbul on March 7.
Freeman, who has served in the Air Force since 2014, found internet fame after her friend Jakob Johnson revealed on Twitter that she’d delivered her own baby boy during her travels.
The short version:— Jakob Johnson (@JohnsonJakob) April 25, 2018
My friend Tia was on the way to Germany to visit me.
During her Layover in Istanbul she GAVE BIRTH to a HEALTHY BABY BOY
In a Hotel Room
Tied and cut the Umbilical Chord
AND WENT TO THE AIRPORT THE NEXT DAY LIKE NOTHING HAPPEND pic.twitter.com/iz6976bjsd
Freeman’s travel plans included a 17-hour layover in Istanbul before flying on to meet Johnson in Germany. According to a Twitter thread she posted about the delivery, she started cramping about an hour before landing in Turkey but attributed this to a possible case of food poisoning.
The pain intensified as she went through customs at the airport, but even after consulting Google, Freeman was still unsure if she was going through labor or having a false alarm. Either way, she was determined to not “give birth on the airport floor.”
I make it to my hotel & now I’m sure I’m in labor. There is no way in the world I’m not in labor because I can barely standup at this point. So I’m in a foreign country, where no one speaks english, I don’t know this country’s emergency number, & I have no clue what to do. pic.twitter.com/sk6k10zdu5— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
She reached her hotel, then resumed her Googling.
“So in true millennial form I decided to YouTube [how to deliver a child],” she tweeted. “If no one else had my back the internet would! So here my a** is in my hotel room all by my lonesome learning how to deliver my own baby.”
Her strategy: Filling a bathtub with warm water, grabbing towels (including one to bite into), trying out prime childbirth positions, and using the timer on her phone to keep track of her contractions. Before long, a baby boy — since named Xavier — entered the world.
Luckily it happened pretty quickly. I only had to push about 5-6x before a baby popped out. Lol now let me tell you babies are buoyant. That little joker said bloop and floated right on up to the top of the water 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/IuqwKXFb2L— Tia Freeman (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018