Grammy-winning soul singer Erykah Badu loves natural childbirth. So much so that she's been moonlighting for years as a certified doula, she told People magazine's print edition.

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.

And Badu hopes to soon add another title to her resume: midwife. She is working toward a midwifery certification so she can someday open birth centers in inner-city neighborhoods.

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."

She provides birth services for free. But this may be the very best part: The singer revealed that her clients call her "Erykah Badoula."

Badu is mom to a 13-year-old son, named Seven, and two daughters, Puma, 7, and Mars, 2.

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