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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UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 05: Actress Thandie Newton, husband Ol Parker and children Ripley Parker and Nico Parker attend the opening of 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 5, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Ol Parker and Thandie Newton attends the UK premiere of 'Yardie' at BFI Southbank on August 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Thandie Newton and son Booker Parker arrive at 6th Annual L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade at UCLA on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Thandie Newton and Ol Parker attend Variety and Women In Film's 2018 Pre-Emmy celebration held at Cecconi's on September 15, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Ol Parker and Thandie Newton arrive at HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Ol Parker and Thandie Newton attend the UK Premiere of 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' at Eventim Apollo on July 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Ol Parker and Thandie Newton attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Ol Parker and Thandie Newton attend 'Westworld' Season 2 Los Angeles Premiere on April 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Thandie Newton and Ol Parker arrive at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Thandie Newton and Ol Parker are seen on April 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Ol Parker and Thandie Newton attend the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Ol Parker (L) and Thandie Newton attend the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 28: Actress Thandie Newton and Ol Parker arrive at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 28, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Ol Parker (L) and actress Thandie Newton attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Actress Thandie Newton and husband Ol Parker arrive at the premiere of HBO's 'Westworld' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 17: Ol Parker and wife Thandie Newton attends The Royal Film Performance and World Premiere of 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Ol Parker (L) and Thandie Newton arrive at the 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival held at Winter Garden Theatre on September 8, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Thandie Newton with Ol Parker as she receives the 2013 Voice Of A Woman Award for peace and human rights activism at The Hospital Club on July 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
EGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Oliver Parker and Thandie Newton attend the Cartier Queen's Cup Polo Day 2013 at Guards Polo Club on June 16, 2013 in Egham, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE. HIGHER RATES APPLY) Thandie Newton and Oi Parker inside the Royal Box at the 'Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live' Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls' and women's empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chime For Change/Getty Images for Gucci)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 26: Actress Thandie Newton (R) and husband Ol Parker attend the premiere of 'Rogue' at ArcLight Hollywood on March 26, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Ol Parker and Thandie Newton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ol Parker (L) and Thandie Newton attend the Charles Finch and Chanel Pre-BAFTA cocktail party and dinner at Annabel's on February 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Ol Parker (L) and Thandie Newton attend the 'Silver Linings Playbook' Grey Goose Dinner hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Stephen Fry at Little House on February 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
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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.”

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