Singer Erykah Badu knows a little something about natural births: she had all children at home. Naturally, Erykah’s third child Mars Mekaba, now six months old, was born at home. Erykah’s older children Seven Sirius,11, and Puma,5, were present for Mars’ birth:
“They were a big part of it. A very big part, because it was very sacred. They helped me welcome this baby into the world,” revealed Erykah to Babble.com. In her latest interview with Babble, readers learn that not only is Erykah a musician, but she is also a Holistic Practitioner-she sees patients- and a Home Schooler, too.
On having a homebirth and tweeting about the birth of her third child Mars:
Well, the home birth and the tweeting are two separate things. I had all my children at home, naturally. First my son [Seven Sirius] was born at home in 1997, because that’s the natural environment, the old way. There’s not a lot of fuss and moving around. I had a very wise doula and midwives giving me the freedom to continue living my life. I didn’t have to uproot myself.
Erykah says that musician Questlove of The Roots dared her to tweet during birth:
“Questlove said, ‘I bet you won’t Twitter while you’re in labor.'” I was dared to do it. Actually, Questlove of The Roots — he said, “I bet you won’t Twitter while you’re in labor.” I said, “I bet I will.” So I did. I tweeted about what was happening with the birth between contractions.
On why she wasn’t scared to give birth at home:
Maybe to some it’s scary, but preparation is the whole key. When a mother has found out she’s going to have a baby, her whole life — her diet, her mood, her energy — should kind of prepare her. After she prepares herself, fear is never a part of it. I expected success and health, so I made sure I surrounded myself with it. By the time I had my third baby, childbirth seemed a very natural part of life to me. And it’s always been a part of my life since I’ve been in music — my first album [Baduizm] came out Feb. 11, 1997, right when I got pregnant. Then I had my first baby Nov. 19, 1997, the same day my live album came out. So I’ve never known a life in music outside of being a mom.
On home-schooling her kids:
“I home-schooled [my son Seven Sirius] myself. And my daughter, Puma Sabti, she’s five — she’s home-schooled. And the new baby just started school this week, now that she’s six months.
… I wanted to give Seven Sirius [who is entering sixth grade in the fall] special attention academically, to give him an advantage. So by being home-schooled he learned how to learn — he learned how to solve problems in a nontraditional way. In doing that he developed an edge in his schoolwork. He enjoys challenges. He pushes himself. He does his homework voluntarily. He does not want to miss school or be late or be untidy or not have his things in order because that was a big part of how he was brought up [Seven was home-schooled until he entered second grade]. I don’t have any idea what Seven is going to choose to do, but he knows how to be disciplined and how to learn, and because of that he’s one of the top students in his school, and one of the top students in Dallas.”
On the worst parenting practice going on in America today:
“Parents not participating in kids’ schooling. I don’t think it matters what school you go to, but I think it’s important for parents to be involved. And to know that when school stops, learning continues, and to continue teaching at home. ”