For many parents these days the birth of their child is an intricately planned event, with baby showers, birth plans, and gender reveal parties, but for Tina Freeman giving birth was a vastly different experience.
In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Tina shared her unbelievable story of an improvised delivery that started with not knowing she was pregnant and ended with a water birth that she learned how to do on Youtube.
I didn’t know I was pregnant for awhile (already in my 3rd trimester) and before you ask the birth control I was on made it so I didn’t have a cycle every month. So not having a period wasn’t an indicator for me. On top of that I didnt really gain any weight.— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
Me when I found: pic.twitter.com/An5QA3hX8A
So then I’m in denial for another month after that like there’s no way a Bitch is preggo. At this point I’m working in VA and away from everyone so I just decided not to tell anyone. My dumbass was like maybe it’ll just go away… pic.twitter.com/TtSMTqc7Ln— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
So I had already purchased tickets for a vacay in Germany and ya girl was not about to waste international flight money. So I was like if the boy comes on time I should be all good in the hood. So I came home for two seconds before hopping on the my flight to Germany. pic.twitter.com/SWYOpatnEN— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
At this point Freeman began getting stomach cramps, but thought it was due to her in-flight meal. By the time she landed though she knew it wasn’t the salmon she ate.
I’m literally gripping the railing trying to make it through the lines. 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?!!! pic.twitter.com/p6SMEfunP0— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
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— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
So in true millennial form I decided to @Youtube it 😂😂. If no one else had my back the internet would! So here my ass is in my hotel room all by my lonesome learning how to deliver my own baby pic.twitter.com/v13ZhF6O8h— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
My contractions were already at a minute a part lol I was late as hell. I BARELY made it to my room. 😂😂😂 so I throw the towel in my mouth and start pushing. And I have NEVVVVEEERRRR felt any pain like this in my life. I felt like I was being split open. WHERE WAS MY EPIDURAL?! pic.twitter.com/HGlootcNHu— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
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— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
At this point I have no clue what the sex of the baby is so after catching my breath I lift it up like “What is it?” pic.twitter.com/dMUwCDO58X— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 24, 2018
With the hard part over and her new baby Xavier born, Tina took a moment and then learned how to properly cut the umbilical cord using a knife and some shoelaces she sterilized in a tea kettle.
The next day Tina and her son went to the airport where everyone from doctors, the police, U.S. customs and the airline gave her a hand after hearing her incredible story. And for all the publicity Turkish airlines comped her whole trip.
To wrap up I go to the hospital get checked out everything is fine. He’s perfectly healthy! Lol the doctors were shocked to hear my story. I made national news & people would stop us to take pictures all the time & a random elderly woman grabbed my boob as I was breastfeeding pic.twitter.com/gGp4lJvEvl— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 25, 2018
Because she was showing me the correct way to do it 😂. Because I gave them so much publicity Turkish Airlines paid for my hotel stay for two weeks, comped all my meals, upgrade @BBills_ & my return flights to business class and we enjoyed the lavish business lounge. The end 😂— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 25, 2018
Twitter was no less amazed by Freeman’s amazing story and coolness under pressure.
You’re the most impressive person i know lmao— J9 (@queenjenine) April 25, 2018
Wow! What a beautiful, scary, hilarious, and AMAZING birth story! Holy shit! Mad love for you, mama! You are gd badass! He is so beautiful! 💕💪🏻 💕 pic.twitter.com/urtVJ6P89B— ѕαℓту вℓυє 🌊 (@tinylittlegift) April 25, 2018
So many congratulations to you, and thank you for sharing such a remarkable story. That was the most badassmom tale ever. 🙂— 𝚖𝚌𝚐𝚕𝚔 (@mcglk) April 25, 2018
Can I be you when I grow up— Hayli ⚡️ (@HayliNic) April 25, 2018
And everyone fawned over Xavier as they welcomed him into the world.
OH MY Goodness. I just spent the last half hour at work reading your story lol. God bless you & young baby Xay!!— Kristi Cruz (@s_wissy) April 25, 2018
This is incredible! My son was born on March 8, but under slightly different circumstances. 😂 Congratulations, and welcome to the world, Xavier!— Michelle Your Bell (@mmaloneymangold) April 25, 2018
You’re amazing and your boy is beautiful. Congratulations!— Kristin Ashby (@kristinashby) April 25, 2018
Tina and Xavier eventually made it back home where they were greeted by the press, all waiting to to talk to Tina.
Oh yeah and the press were there when we flew back to the states too 😂😂 I think I covered everything pic.twitter.com/SJeRa9dsID— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 25, 2018
Here he is Xavier Ata Freeman born March 7, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey! My little surprise bundle of international joy!— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 25, 2018
(His middle name is Turkish) pic.twitter.com/HVlnvqEClQ
And after everything that happened, Tina still had one surprise left.
Oh and no one knew I had a baby until days after I gave birth to him (not even my mom) so I sprang this story on everyone 😂😂😂😂— CSAR: Cat Search and Rescue🏳️🌈 (@TheWittleDemon) April 25, 2018