Doulas use techniques such as massage to provide physical and emotional support to mothers in labor. The goal is to help women avoid pain medications and other medical interventions during childbirth.
Badu discovered this passion in 2001, while helping a friend through a natural birth. "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."
Badu is mom to a 13-year-old son, named Seven, and two daughters, Puma, 7, and Mars, 2.
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