Erykah Badu has delivered over 40 babies as a doula

2019-05-29 15:38
Erykah Badu (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Erykah Badu (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

She’s known for the soulful vocals and political messages in her songs, but it seems Erykah Badu (48) has even more talents than your average singer. She goes by many names and one of these is Badoula.

Doula is “a Greek word meaning women’s servant”, according to the American Pregnancy Association. “Women have been serving others in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labor process.”

In an interview with radio personality Sway Calloway on his show, Sway in the Morning, Erykah shared that she’s been a doula since 2011 and delivered all three of her children by home birth. She has also assisted in delivering 40 other babies.

Erykah saw she had a natural talent for home births when she was called to assist one of her best friends’ home births. She then explored her talent by studying to be a doula and getting her certification. “Now I’m in training to become a midwife. I’m almost there,” she said.

The first time Erykah helped at a birth she wasn’t trained yet. “My best friend, Afya, was in labour and I was on a flight when they called me. I re-routed my flight to go to be with them here in Brooklyn. This was in 2001,” she said.

“And I just stayed up with her. Her labour was natural, for fifty-two hours. I stayed up with her. I didn’t get sleepy or anything. I was able to just be there for her, whatever it took – singing, coaching, walking, bouncing, massaging. I had just had my son, a live, natural birth at home as well, so I had a little bit of experience,” she added.After that, she felt confident she could assist other women to give birth.“I can be the welcoming committee for new spirits coming in. That’s when I decided to start studying for it.

Erykah assisted 22-year-old model Slick Woods in giving birth to her son this year, People magazine reports. And she also assists and plays music for nursing home patients nearing their final days in their death beds.

“I sit at the bedsides of people who are passing on in hospices or nursing homes, for the people and families who want that kind of thing,” she said.But whether she’d open her own home-based practice was yet to be seen, Erykah told Sway. “A home birth is about being able to create exactly what you want because it’s such a violent moment inside of the body that you want everything else to be as beautiful as it can be.”

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