Why Thandie Newton gave birth on her bathroom floor

Thandie Newton gave birth to her third child on a bathroom floor in 2014. It wasn’t because she didn’t have enough time to get to the hospital. The Emmy-winning actress delivered all three of her kids in the comfort of her own home.

“I was more scared of going to the hospital because it was a place I associated with illness,” Newton, 45, told Us Weekly at a screening of Liyana in New York City on Tuesday, October 9. “I didn’t feel ill when I was pregnant and I knew that it was going to be the most extraordinary feat of courage and I needed to feel uninhibited. I didn’t feel I would get there if I was in an environment that didn’t feel safe to me.”

The Westworld star shares Ripley, 17, Nico, 13, and Booker, 4, with British director Ol Parker.

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“It’s about knowing the facts,” Newton explained, noting that she was near a medical facility if something went wrong. “If the baby’s heartbeat started to slow, then we would have got ourselves in the car. It didn’t and I was able to have my babies at home.”

Newton and the Mama Mia! Here We Go Again director tied the knot in 1998. The couple met on the set of the 1996 BBC drama In Your Dreams — she starred and he wrote the script.

“She believes that she’s a good person, and all evidence points to that fact,” Parker, 49, told The Evening Standard in 2012. “So she just tells people the truth. As a result she’s the most popular person I know, her friends adore her.”