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Kehlani Births Baby Girl Standing, Unmedicated, in Home Birth & We All Question Our Own Strength

Jennifer Mattern

What have you done with your life lately? Maybe washed a few dishes, signed off on a few spreadsheets, and finally returned those shoes to Zappos? Well, that ain’t it, Chief. Kehlani knows how to live and she’s here to preach about it, so listen up. The Cloud 19 singer announced on social media that she birthed a baby girl whilst standing in her bathroom. Unmedicated. That’s how you live, people.

Kehlani wrote in her Instagram post, featuring only a sweet plush blankie, because class: “This weekend our angel arrived healthy & perfect in every way in our bathroom at home. unmedicated homebirth was the absolute hardest yet most powerful thing i’ve ever done. thankful beyond words. in love beyond comparison. refraining from posting to be family and rest, we just wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent well wishes, love, and support in all forms while waiting & working to bring Adeya earthside.”

And apparently Adeya is delicious, to boot (not that we are one bit surprised):

So there you go, friends. If you’re not waking up, leaning gracefully against your sink, and plopping out an angel of God into your lover’s arms — an angel of God that smells like Fruity Pebbles — are you even living? That is the million-dollar question. Don’t feel bad. We are clearly not living either.


Oh, did we not mention the lover’s arms part? Yeah. Did we mention said Kehlani-lover is Javie — aka Javaughn Young-White — who is also a poet like the amazing Kehlani. Javie shared his own touching tribute to his daughter on Twitter, writing:

“Adeya is here. Kehlani birthed her, standing up, right into my arms. In that moment, all the indisputable pulls of intuition, random bellows of clarity, & ear-splitting life lessons I’ve received in recent years made more sense than i’ve ever needed. We came face to face with beauty. arm in arm with God. I realized I was never alone in those moments, Adeya was simply aligning things for herself haha. She doesn’t take hesitation for an answer. It’s a blessing to have purpose within such a healthy, willful family. We’ll be spending the next few weeks resting & falling deeper in love with each other. Thank you to all of you sending uplifting & expansive energy our way, not a drop goes wasted.”


We’re marveling at this new family — and their sheer gorgeous approach to birth and life. Excuse us while we die of toddler tantrums, teen eyerolls and our own existential ennui.


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