Posted on Apr 25, 2018

    This Woman Shared One Of The Wildest Birth Stories You've Ever Heard

    Please strap in.

    This is Tia Freeman. She's a 22-year-old member of the US Air Force from Nashville, Tennessee.

    Tia Freeman

    Yesterday, she posted a Twitter thread about the birth of her first son.

    Tia Freeman

    In January, she found out she was pregnant, and already in her third trimester. She wasn't going to let that stop her from going on vacation to Germany, to visit her friend Jakob. She flew out on 7 March.

    Tia Freeman

    Once she was on the plane everything seemed fine, she told BuzzFeed News. But after eating the in-flight meal, she suddenly started feeling not so great.

    Tia Freeman

    But figuring it was just a case of food poisoning, she decided to go to sleep and hope for the best. Then she arrived at Istanbul airport.

    Tia Freeman

    "The only thing on my mind was making it to my hotel room. I just kept breathing and repeating that to myself," Freeman said.

    Tia Freeman
    Tia Freeman

    She made it through security and got to her hotel room. But she didn't know anyone in the city, so she started googling.

    Tia Freeman

    "The directions [online] were very user-friendly," she said. "Putting everything together was like a 'How to Deliver Your Own Baby for Dummies', lol."

    Tia Freeman

    "Intense is a very accurate way to describe it 😂😂😂," Freeman said of the actual birth.

    Tia Freeman

    Freeman said she only had to push a few times before the baby was born.

    Tia Freeman

    But she realized – still alone, still relying on the internet – that she needed to wait for the umbilical cord to drop out, and cut it. Which it did, but Freeman had no clamps... So she boiled her shoelaces to sterilise them, using them as clamps, before cutting the cord herself.

    And here is her son, Xavier Ata!

    Tia Freeman

    "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," she explained.

    "Honestly, I wasn’t scared," she told BuzzFeed News. "I don’t know, I think my adrenaline and instincts carried me through it. It was all kind of a blur. I was in autopilot."

    Tia Freeman

    The story doesn't stop there. The next morning, Freeman turned up at Istanbul airport, with her brand new son, and officials had some questions. "They were like, 'uhhhhh, what is going on?'"

    Tia Freeman

    Freeman said once staff realised that she wasn't a trafficker or something, they were all super nice.

    Jakob Johnson / Tia Freeman

    "They were all shocked when they heard the story," she said. "No one had ever heard of anything like this."

    "All the women wanted to hold the baby. I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet and they bought me some snacks and kept forcing me to eat every time I would stop," she added.

    Turkish Airlines arranged for a shuttle over to the US Embassy, where Freeman got her son's birth certificate.

    Tia Freeman

    At the time, her story made the Turkish news.

    Hurriyet

    Meanwhile, her friend Jakob was still in Stuttgart, Germany, waiting for Freeman to arrive.

    Jakob Johnson

    "When it was time for her to land in Germany she wasn’t there, and just gave us some vague answers about that she will stay in Istanbul a couple more days," he told BuzzFeed News. "Knowing her, we thought she had partied the night before and missed her flight or something."

    When he eventually met back up with her, seven days later as he was en route back to the US via Turkey, she had a slight surprise waiting for him.

    Jakob Johnson

    Jakob and Freeman have been friends since 2014, when they met in college. He said: "Nobody that knows her is surprised that she had a kid in the most badass way possible. 😂"

    And here is Xavier about to fly home. Freeman said Turkish Airlines was amazing and even bought her son his first outfit.

    Tia Freeman

    "I expected my friends to go crazy reading it, but I didn’t expect it to get as big as it did," she said. "I think all the tweets broke my twitter. 😂"

    Tia Freeman

    No one had known she was pregnant, she said. "They all found out a couple days after he was born." She said she'd told her grandma, who told her mom, "and then my mom went crazy telling the rest of our family and every other person she came in contact with".

    "When I got back even our lawn care guys knew!"

    People loved her story.

    “Fine. I’ll do it myself.” -Black Women https://t.co/rNEA1pQjGB

    You know when the hero of the movie is in a hotel bathroom removing bullets and stitching his own wounds? That's how I'm imagining it... but way more gangsta. https://t.co/ALl5R7CD0m

    #BeyondBlackGirlMagic !! #Mothers ❤️❤️👏🏽👏🏽 https://t.co/omAovssMKv

    Holy fucking shit. Are you even human???? I swear to god i read this with my eyes popping OUT. Moms are superhuman. What a bravery. 😰 https://t.co/7nrtaI3AQ5

    Her story has now been retweeted and liked thousands of times.

    I still really don’t understand what’s so shocking about my delivery story. Lol maybe it’ll set in one day.

    She said the reaction to her story was "just a little bit shocking. I didn’t realize why it was a big enough deal to report on!"

    Tia Freeman

    Freeman said she and Xavier are doing really well and he's being spoiled rotten by her family.

    "We’re doing great! Just getting to know each other more and more every day."

    Tia Freeman

    BuzzFeed News has contacted Turkish Airlines for comment.

    Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Rose Troup Buchanan at Rose.Buchanan@BuzzFeed.com.

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