Early in July, model Slick Woods, known for her gap and bald fade, bold personality, and for being a muse to Rihanna, announced that she is pregnant. The 21-year-old was already more than halfway along in her journey to motherhood:
There weren’t many details at that point, but in the new issue of Elle UK, she shares just about everything. Slick spills the beans on the sex of the baby, the name she has prepared for him/her, the father of the child, and that the superstar who will help her deliver her baby is none other than Erykah Badu:
She tells me without hesitation that the baby is a boy (‘I saw my baby’s penis!’ she says of the sonogram), he will be called Saphir (a play on the September birthstone, the expected month of delivery), and was a happy surprise for both her and the father, model Adonis Bosso (‘My son’s going to be gorgeoussss,’ she says, showing me a picture of a shirtless Bosso). ‘I hear sob stories about baby daddy drama. Being 21 and my baby’s father being excited is just step one. There are girls who don’t even have that,’ she says. She will be breastfeeding. And singer Erykah Badu, a practising doula, will be her spiritual guide through childbirth. ‘She’s a mommy role model. A mother I look up to, who kills her sh-t and is a boss-ass b—h.’
For those who didn’t know, other than singing, DJing, producing, acting, being a holistic healer and mother of three, Erykah Badu delivers children from time to time. She’s reportedly helped to deliver more than 40 babies. As she told PEOPLE back in 2011, she studied midwifery after having her first child, son Seven, and after coaching a friend through a labor that was more than 52 hours, found a new sense of purpose.
“When I saw the baby, I cried,” she said at the time. “I knew what I was supposed to do with my life.”
“Nothing gives me more pleasure,” Badu added, “than being the welcoming committee for a mother’s new joy.”
Speaking of joy, the upcoming arrival of Saphir will be an incredibly joyous occasion for Slick (born Simone Thompson). The beauty was incorrectly told that she was infertile years ago.
Slick didn’t find out a baby was on the way until five months into her pregnancy – a result of an incorrect diagnosis of infertility given to her when she was young. ‘I was really, really, really sick in London, but thought it was because of travel, so a doctor gave me pills for flu. Went to Paris: more pills for flu. And then I went to LA, and they tried a sonogram, and I saw my baby’s face and heard his heartbeat,’ she says. ‘Tears of joy.’
As she said, that’s going to be one stunning miracle baby. Can’t wait to see him!