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Pregnant women everywhere—especially first-time pregnant women—won’t always admit it, but they’re incredibly scared to deliver that baby. How could they not be, given all of the fear Hollywood perpetuates and the war stories that every mom tends to have about her respective delivery or deliveries?

That’s why our jaws are sweeping the floor following this news story. Apparently a woman from Nashville decided that when it came time to deliver her baby boy, she was going to “DIY it” using YouTube and Google.

Of course that wasn’t always the plan.

Tia Freeman went into labour while travelling to Germany recently. The 22-year-old U.S. Air Force member didn’t know she was pregnant until her third trimester (the birth control she was on stopped her monthly periods), and she hadn’t told anyone because she was still in “a bit of denial.” So she decided to keep the trip as is, figuring she’d be back in time for her due date. Except while on a 17-hour layover in Turkey, that baby boy decided he was coming.

At first Freeman wasn’t sure if she had food poisoning or was experiencing Braxton Hicks (a.k.a. false labour), and rather than go in to the hospital for no reason she decided to see how things turned out. So she checked into her hotel room instead.

“At that point, when I got to my hotel room I realized how quickly he was coming,” Freeman told Your Morning. “I didn’t realize how my insurance could work overseas and the people I met it was a hit or miss if they spoke English. I didn’t think I would make it to a hospital, I just figured I had to do this.”

So Freeman proved that a mother’s instinct is a very real thing, and she filled the bathtub with warm water and hopped in to help “contain the mess” she read was about to come with the birth.

“For the contractions part, they were very painful, but breathing helped a lot,” she said. “It wasn’t that stressful in the moment. I was so focused; my body was on autopilot. I was able to read the instructions and just go.”

Giving birth wasn’t the only harrowing part though—Freeman also delivered her own placenta…

… and then proceeded to cut the umbilical cord according to instructions she read on wikiHow. When she realized she didn’t have scissors and a clamp, she used makeshift tools of shoelaces and a knife.

“This is the only time I kind of got nervous,” she said.

This takes the idea of a home birth to a whole new level. Obviously doctors aren’t condoning DIY births, but Freeman is lucky because when her son, Xavier, was checked out by a doctor at the airport he was given a clean bill of health.

Now, according to Freeman, he’ll have one hell of an ice-breaker at parties when he’s older.

Um, yeah. We’ll say.