Badu Advocates for Black Infants & Natural Birth

October 10, 2011  |  

Earlier this year an anti-abortion smear campaign charged that the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb. Erykah Badu and members of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) are taking health disparities among infants of color and their mothers more seriously with a summit focusing on improving both pre- and postnatal outcomes. The summit will take place from Oct. 14-16 in D’lberville, Mississippi.

The Grammy award winning singer and songwriter recently joined ICTC as its national spokeswoman after training to be a doula. She is also an advocate of natural childbirth and breastfeeding for healthy babies.

The summit is an action and solution-oriented leadership development event designed to reduce health disparities, improve breastfeeding rates, and build capacity in the Southeast region of the United States to support women and infants. ICTC annually convenes African-American and other midwives and doulas of color in order to increase the number of women and babies who have access to pre-and postnatal healthcare.

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  • ray man

    i am glad for this article i know a girl who told me she had 10 abortions and she said she feels like on judgement day they will all be in heaven without her

    • YeahIWentThereCuzICan

      Damn! 10!?!?!?!? She’d have been better off getting on Norplant! It’s 5 year protection against pregnancy. I hope if she ever feels like KEEPING one of her babies that she’ll even have a cervix left!!! #NotToJudgeButThat’sDisgusting#

  • KiKi

    To those that don’t have children childbirth is not even close to being a cynch. It is painful and you and baby need to be monitored for issues (heart rates dropping, umbilical cord issues, hemmoraging (sp check) etc.). Of course we can have babies naturally but please don’t disregard the need for doctors. A doula and a midwife are great but always have a ob-gyn on call just in case. AND BREAST MILK IS ABSOlUTELY BEST! Why give your baby milk from a cow’s utter when you have perfect milk for your baby in your own body?

  • whr

    So glad this is coming to light as an issue for black women; but just as women period.
    There is a documentary called "The Business of Being Born" that discusses the natural childbirth and the benefits.

    I don't have any children yet, but I've already made up my mind that I'm having a natural birth and breastfeeding. No drugs, no nothing.
    Most births are a cinch. If the woman isn't at high risk, she could have a baby at home.

    I think that childbirth is a woman rite of passage; with all the pain, body changes and everything that comes with it. It's what makes us so special and praiseworthy; the ability to give life! WOW!!

    But for some reason, we've been told that giving birth is a pain and deplorable and dangerous thing to go through. Nope. Don't believe the hype. It's a blessing.

    • Sue

      I agree with you. I don't have kids either, but I always say that I will have a natural birth. Even if it is painful, I think I can take the hours of pain for my child to be born with great health, and you're right, it is a blessing :).

  • Monique

    I have a 9 yr old son whom I chose to breastfeed after being convinced of the health benefits by my doctor. I can tell you my son has only been ill maybe twice. When he was an infant, I never was in the E.R with a sick baby! Thanks to my milk! I wish more women would realize that our milk is miraculous!

  • This is such a fantastic article and I am so proud of women like Badu bringing awareness to the importance of maternal and infant health!

  • This is so excellent, go Erykah! I am a young black woman myself and I already have my mine made up that when me and hubby conceive def going the natural birth and breastfeeding route.

  • Teflon Mom

    Yay for Ms. Badu. She is bad ass, and I'm seeing more Black women into breastfeeding their babies and natural childbirth. White women shouldn't be the only ones out here talking about the benefits of breastfeeding.