Erykah Badu Unleashes Her 'Wild Rabbit'

Erykah Badu Unleashes Her 'Wild Rabbit'

The proud artist, mother and soon-to-be-midwife dishes on her Hennessy campaign and why she is (and forever will be) an original


by #teamEBONY, July 13, 2012

Erykah Badu Unleashes Her 'Wild Rabbit'

Erykah Badu

anything that has to do with healing and art, I’m involved with pretty heavily. One of my girlfriends was pregnant and I wanted to be there. Her labor was for 52 hours. I stayed awake for 52 hours. I walked with her for 52 hours. We prayed, we cried, we laughed.

And then there was another friend, and then my sister, and then I got pregnant again. So it's  just become a part of my life. It’s a very natural thing. I really enjoy being the child's 'welcoming committee' and to help someone usher his or her spirit into the world in a very peaceful way is very effortless to me.

Officially, I am becoming a midwife, which means that I 'll be certified to catch babies. I have to be monitored while I am doing this for 30 births. I’m on birth number eight. It’s taking me a bit longer. I’m a little busy but I study during my down time, when I’m flying, when I’m backstage waiting to perform. When my kids are doing their homework, I do mine. I’m a better student now, than when I was in college, but I guess that’s because one of my "wild rabbits," is being a doula.

EBONY: How do you think the peaceful entry impacts the baby life?

​EB: I can only give you examples of my children and my friend’s children that I’ve seen. Having your baby at home – that means that there’s no anesthesia, there are no painkillers. It means that your diet is probably a vegetarian diet or something of that sort. It means you practice that kind of lifestyle already. Those kinds of parents already have a creative way of parenting. Creative parenting creates genius children. I continue to learn, how it’s affecting the baby. I’ll keep that in mind as I’m studying. I don’t do it so that

EBONY: Speaking of kids, as a black girl and I’m not a mother yet, but to witness people coming at you because of your parenting choices was hurtful, even from the outside. What’s your philosophy on motherhood?

EB: I got this. I got this. That’s my answer.

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