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Erykah Badu: Singer/Songwriter/Doula/Midwife

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I wouldn?t consider myself ?fan? of Erykah Badu. I will listen to one of her songs when it?s on the radio but that is about as far as it goes. I have always been more interested in her lifestyle. In almost every interview you read about her she talks about her holistic lifestyle. I remember reading an article YEARS ago about her and Common ?raking? in the garden while the interviewer was approaching them. Most people would think they were off their rocker but I was intrigued.
Badu has been a vegetarian since she was in high school, all three of her children were home births, and she is also licensed as a Holistic Health Practitioner.  
She is not taking another holistic step in her life and is becoming certified as a Midwife. I was really excited to read about this.
Whenever I become pregnant (again), I plan to make my pregnancy/birthing as natural as possible. My eating habits won?t have to change too much (and no, I WILL NOT give up my Hot Tamales) but this time I will be seeking the care of a Midwife instead of a OB-GYN and right now my mind is set on having a home birth. If not a home birth, it will be at a birthing center–no hospitals.
Like most people, I do keep up with what stars are doing. I?m not crazy obsessed anymore but when it pertains to me (such as all natural home births), I pay a bit more attention. I like how more celebrities are opting for home births. For one, it helps my argument against people. Granted, there are hundreds and thousands of moms that are doing it every day but whenever you place a celebrity?s name to something, it gives it more credibility. Sad, but it?s our society.
I think it?s great that Erykah wants to become a certified Midwife. This is what she said in one interview “I’ve always had a mothering nature. But I didn’t plan on becoming a doula. I just wanted to care for my family and friends,” she said. “When I saw the baby, I cried, I knew what I was supposed to do with my life.”  The article goes on to mention she has offered her doula services free of charge and also gives laboring women Reiki massages to help alleviate the pain.
What I like so much about this is not only is Erykah choosing to be a speaker/advocacy for holistic living but she is taking it up a notch by emerging herself completely into it. I hope to read more about her journey to become a midwife.
—–Interview excerpt from iVillage.

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