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Teyana Taylor ‘Super Excited’ Erykah Badu Will Help Deliver Her Second Child

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert
Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert

*Teyana Taylor has revealed that Erykah Badu is going to be delivering her next child.

The singer announced last week that she is expecting her second child with husband Iman Shumpert

Taylor, 29, revealed the exciting news in the music video for her new song, “Wake Up Love,” in which she shows off her baby bump for the first time.

“I’m considering home birth, and I’m actually going to be doing it with Erykah,” Taylor told Nick Cannon recently on his radio show, per Complex. “Her and Iman are going to deliver my baby. I’m super excited. I’ma have her just sing her verse from ‘Lowkey’ to me to calm my nerves.”

Taylor and Shumpert are also parents to 4-year-old daughter Iman (a.k.a. Junie). 

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“We’re ready, and we’re very excited,” Taylor shared with PEOPLE about her pregnancy. “Iman is super excited. Junie is ecstatic — I’m talking super ecstatic. Everybody is just excited. I can’t wait. I’ve got three more months left until we meet our little princess.”

Badu teamed with Taylor on her new record “The Album” for the song “Lowkey.” The soul singer previously revealed that she is a doula and was training to become a midwife. She has already helped with the birth of over 40 babies, PEOPLE reported. 

In a 2018 interview with Clutch, Erykah said she became a doula by default:

I became a doula by default. I had Seven naturally, at home, and a couple of years later I was traveling through Europe, and one of my best friends, Afya, who is the wife of stic.man from Dead Prez, went into labor. I just wanted to be there with her, so I rerouted my flights and came to Brooklyn. She had already been in labor for about 10 hours, and the whole labor ended up lasting 52 hours. No anesthesia, just pure willpower and whatever else the midwife who was there had to offer. My main focus at that moment was to bring her some kind of peace and strength and will to push forward, because I know how hard that is. I ended up staying with her for 42 hours and I wasn’t sleepy. I naturally knew what to do, and it was then that I figured out that this was something I can do that makes me feel so fulfilled.

Meanwhile, Taylor revealed in a recent interview with Ebro Darden on Apple Music that she was nervous to ask Badu to lend her vocals on her new record. 

“I get chills every time I hear her on this track because it took me three months to ask her,” she explained. 

“That’s how scared I was. Even if she would’ve said no, I would have been happy to even know that she heard the record. I was prepared for her to say no because this is Erykah Badu. It meant a lot to me because it also showed me that my hard work wasn’t going unnoticed.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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