This Amazing Story About a Mom Who Didn't Know She Was Pregnant Is Going Viral

Apr 26, 2018 at 3:16 p.m. ET
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Not all heroes wear capes; some, like new mother Tia Freeman, arrive on the scene equipped with only their carry-on luggage and a few hotel bath towels. The Nashville-based woman gained Twitter notoriety this week after sharing her 100 percent certifiably bonkers story about how she delivered her own baby during a layover in Turkey earlier this year. As your friendly flight attendant might say, "Buckle up, because things are about to get wild."

Freeman kicked off the enthralling tale by noting that she spent most of her pregnancy... not having any idea she was pregnant.

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By the time she realized she was, in fact, with child, she'd already lined up a sweet vacation to Germany to visit her good friend, University of Tennessee football player Jakob Johnson, and she "was not about to waste international flight money."

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So, Freeman boarded the plane and strapped in for what she assumed would be a turbulence-free flight. That assumption changed, however, when she started getting cramps. Because she must have a uterus of steel, she initially wrote off the pain as simple food poisoning caused by the airline's salmon dinner entrée. Natch.

"No I don’t know if it was [the] salmon, the flight, or it was just my time but out of no where [sic] I start cramping up," she wrote. "I’ve still got like an hour left before we land. I just knew I had food poisoning. Y’all I was HURT."

So she decided she'd just sleep it off. (Again, how does one sleep through contractions?!)

Anyway, by the time she got off of the plane, she realized that this pain was not the work of a rotten piece of fish.

"I'm literally gripping the railing trying to make it through the lines," she recalled. "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?!!!"

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Freeman, who doesn't speak Turkish (I mean, how many American tourists do?) decided she'd work through the pain and go straight to her hotel room instead of asking to see a medical professional. Insert grimace emoji here.

"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," she wrote. "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."

Oh, but just you wait: She totally did know what to do. Freeman got online and looked up how to deliver a baby on YouTube. Like you do. She filled up the bathtub, grabbed a towel to bite down on, got as comfortable as she could and started pushing.

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Then, boom — she gave birth to a little boy. After passing her placenta in the hotel toilet (and subsequently bagging it in a disposable sanitary napkin bag, of course), Freeman looked up how to cut an umbilical cord. Again, this woman just delivered a child all by herself in a Turkish hotel room, and her thoughts were entirely practical and rational. At this point, I'm wondering if she's even human.

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After boiling water, sanitizing a shoelace and tying it around the cord, Freeman cut the dang thing off and started cleaning up the bathroom before calling it a night.

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The next day, she went to the airport, where the shocked staff assumed she was part of a human trafficking scheme. Luckily, medical professionals were able to prove that she had, in fact, just pushed a human child out of her body mere hours before. She then got in touch with the U.S. Embassy, which helped her obtain a birth certificate for her son, Xavier.

Because she was in no condition to fly back to the U.S., Turkish Airlines came through and booked her a two-week stay in a hotel as well as a return business-class flight. She and her son are now safely back home, and while the rest of us are freaking out over how bizarre this ordeal was, Freeman is still 100 percent way too chill about everything.

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"I still don't understand what's so shocking about my delivery story," she tweeted. "Lol maybe it'll set in one day."

Again, heroes walk among us.

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