Erykah Badu has long been an advocate of home birthing; she delivered all three of her children at home and has been a doula since since 2001. In a recent interview with Chika Oduah of The Grio, Erykah talked about getting her credentials to deliver babies, the increased rate of infant deaths in the black community, and how she even served as her own doula with her second child.
“It’s a very natural thing. It’s an ancient art. We have been doing this from the beginning of time,” she says.
While Erykah has mostly served as a doula to relatives, she said that people will tweet her about helping them have a home birth and if the timing works out she’s willing to do it. Could you imagine Erykah Badu delivering your baby?
Regardless of whether you decide to give birth the traditional way–which Erykah says is without medical intervention–or in a hospital, the main focus, she says, is to have a healthy mother and a healthy baby.
Check out her interview here and tell us your thoughts. Would you consider having a home birth?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.