On autopilot’: Woman delivered own baby with help from YouTube

Istanbul, Turkey (CTV): You can learn just about anything from the internet, including, it seems, how to bring a new life into the world.

U.S. Air Force employee Tia Freeman says she delivered her own child in a hotel bathroom in Turkey using nothing but a bathtub, a pen knife, some shoelaces and a smartphone with internet access.

The 22-year-old computer specialist admits it wasn’t an ideal setting to bring her son, Xavier, into the world, but she felt like she didn’t have much choice in the matter. She says she didn’t know whether her insurance would cover a hospital visit, and she also wasn’t sure if she’d get a doctor who spoke English.

Freeman says she ultimately decided to go to her hotel room and wait to see if she was actually in labour or not.

“He was just coming so quickly, I didn’t even think I would make it to a hospital even if I called,” Freeman told CTV’s Your Morning on Thursday, in a Skype interview from Nashville. She added that she didn’t even realize she was pregnant until she was into her third trimester.

Freeman described her do-it-yourself birth in a Twitter thread that went viral last month. “I did a mighty fine job if I say so myself,” she wrote in one tweet.

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