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A new bundle of joy isn’t the only thing that singer Kehlani will be dropping soon. 

According to an Instagram post that the “Did I” singer recently posted, she’s dropping her new upcoming mixtape, While We Wait sometime this month.

“While We Wait ….the mixtape. coming this month,” she wrote as a caption for a photo of her reflection in a small mirror while standing in a flower-printed room.

While We Wait ....the mixtape. coming this month.

619k Likes, 6,355 Comments - Kehlani (@kehlani) on Instagram: "While We Wait ....the mixtape. coming this month."

The 23-year-old artist has been heavily preparing for motherhood and sharing her journey via Instagram. This week, she shared a photo of herself participating in a “blessing ceremony” that the singer’s mom gave for her.

“being able to navigate this gift of life, and eventually the earthside reach of Adeya with the guidance, support & care of @parteramidwifery has been and will be glorious. doing things the way they have been done for ages. connecting with my ancestors to bring new life and as @k6milsays, babies are the closest we get earthside to ancestors.. and how do we honor ancestors? with ceremony, honor, offerings, as they will come with offerings for us just the same. my mother’s blessing ceremony was beautiful,” Kehlani wrote.

“mom friends, babies, family… i felt so cared for, heard, seen, and safe. received so many forms of blessings, so many forms of prayer, so many forms of love. i love this love. thank you Sumi & Andrea my beautiful, ever knowing, magical midwives. my 8 year old doula Amada, my taurean princess. & fefy, always providing the sunshine with every smile. thank you friends and mommy. thank you @queenhippiegypsy for alllll of this luscious generous rose quartz!!! what a surreal BLESSING! i love youuuuu all. love you Yaya. we are so ready! #Midwifery#Partera #Parteramidwifery #homebirth@sierraniicole took these go girl ???????? 34 weeks!”

repost @sumistouch ???? my village. ・・・ In western society we celebrate with baby showers. We all come together play games and buy gifts that are mostly directed for the baby. However none of those things are needed. That crib does nothing for you when the baby is up all night and you're exhausted. The clothes aren't what regulates the babies temperature, heart rate, breathing, and calms their little nervous systems. Soooooo many people go from being surrounded by people and stuff to feeling like an island, isolated, alone, overwhelmed, depressed, anxious and discouraged....This is why in indigenous cultures we have rituals and ceremony that nurtures the birthing person as they step into the unknown. Those who have experienced birth give wise words of wisdom. Those who say they will show up pledge their allegiance. We pray. We eat. We do limpias, smudge, sing songs, and honor this sacred journey. The idea is that the birthing person feels loved and knows who they can call in the middle of the night. * * * Within traditional midwifery we see the person as a holistic being and honor all of their experiences. We prioritize connection. The first time we touch our clients (with consent always) isn't just in labor. We show our love and honor them through the actions of massage, feeding them, traditional body work (like pictured above), and listening to them. * * * To stop the cycle of celebrating in such superficial ways we must teach our children. Pictured here is me showing my Godbaby how to use the rebozo to release tension in the neck and shoulders. She is Kehlani's doula btw ????. What you don't see pictured are all the womyn surrounding us watching, holding space, admiring, learning, unlearning, and remembering.... * * * If you want to learn more join me for one of my doula trainings. I offer both online and in person trainings! To deepen your practice come to my first birth workers retreat in May! We will be going deep into the medicine and I'm flying out many of my teachers from all around the world! Link in my bio! #sumistouch #sumisdoulatraining #oaklandmidwife #oaklanddoula #homebirth #rebozo #unschooling #partera #parteramidwifery #blessingway #honorthemo

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Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth.

 

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.