Erykah Badu is reportedly working on a second career as a midwife.
The singer gave an interview to People magazine's print edition discussing her passion for assisting in childbirth. The 40-year-old currently moonlights as a doula and is studying to be a certified midwife.
"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," Badu told the magazine, according to the Toronto Sun. She talked about coaching a friend through a 52-hour labor and realized, "When I saw the baby, I cried. I knew what I was supposed to do with my life."
A doula offers emotional support and encouragement before and after child birth, suggests pain relief techniques and informs the expecting parents on what is happening during pregnancy, according to The Mayo Clinic. However, unlike midwives, doulas do not provide medical care.
Badu offers her services for free and gives assistance to expectant mothers though massages, performing the energy healing practice called Reiki and comforts mothers during the labor process.
The singer is also reportedly a spokeswoman for the International Center for Traditional Childbearing. "Nothing gives me more pleasure than being the welcoming committee for a mother's new joy," she told the magazine.
Badu is the mother of three children, a son named Seven, 13, who is her son with Outkast member Andre 3000 and daughters Puma, 7, and Mars, 2, from other relationships. She is known for music hits like "On & On," "Tyrone" and "Bag Lady." She has acted in movies like "The Cider House Rules" and "Blues Brothers 2000" and has won four Grammy Awards.