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Look at Her Glow! Tatyana Ali Speaks to Essence Magazine on Being a New Mother with Maternity Photos by Lance Gross



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Fresh Prince of Bel Air actress, Tatyana Ali and her husband who is a doctor, Vaughn Rasberry, welcomed their first child, Edward Aszard Rasberry, on September 16. Baby Edward was named after Vaughn’s grandfather and great grandfather. Before the actress delivered her bundle of joy, she slayed a gorgeous maternity shoot with Lance Gross for Essence Magazine.

“It’s so much fun,” Tatyana tells Essence. “You try to get ready, but nothing can really prepare you for what actually goes on and what it’s like.”

From her decision to hire a Doula and use cloth diapers to her fun idea for Baby Edward’s Instagram debut, the new mom shares all in her interview with Essence Magazine.

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On what labor and delivery like for her

There were so many unexpected twists and turns. Even just with the feeling of labor itself, you prepare yourself for it, but there’s no way to prepare until you’re actually going through it and feeling it. We had great doctors. We had a doula who’s amazing and all of our family there to support us. Our family actually got to the hospital before we did. He’s the first grandbaby for both of our parents, so they were so excited.

Doula is a Greek word for a woman who gives support, help, and advice to another woman during pregnancy and during and after the birth.

On why she decided on a doula?

We decided on it together. I have friends who’ve had different birth experiences. Some in the hospital, some at birth centers, some at home, and the common denominator was actually having a doula and somebody who’s really there as an advocate for both parents, and for the baby, who can come and navigate. Especially because we decided to do it at a hospital, [and the doula helped] to kind of navigate the hospital, what our experience is like, and make sure our wishes were met. She was awesome.

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On her mummy routine

I decided to breastfeed solely, so that is really what my schedule is [all about]. You know, it’s something that is not necessarily instinctive, like there are messes and there are different techniques and styles. Then you have to learn the style of your baby and how much they want to eat. The learning curve has been huge.

On if she plans on documenting her journey as a new mom on social media

I have thought about it. I think, for now we’re being private about Edward. You know, my work is my work and that’s not necessarily the life he’ll choose. He’s just so brand new. So far I haven’t posted anything or put any pictures up, but there might be a time where I do feel like it when he’s a little bit older.

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On how her husband is enjoying the time being a new father

He is awesome. I do feedings; he does diapers. That’s how we tag-team. He’s also kind of doing food too because after birth, the last thing you really want to do is stand in one place and cook. Luckily he’s a really good cook.

On having a wedding and a baby this year “It has been an incredible year for both of you.”

Yes! Vaughn actually has his first book coming out soon too, so it’s like two births happened at the same time. I’ve actually been thinking about if I were to Instagram a picture, it would be a picture of the baby and the book and I’d say: “Which one is heavier?”

Source & Photo Credits: Essence Magazine


  1. Corolla

    October 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    “Tatyana Ali looks Speaks to Essence Magazine on Being a New…. “. Is her new last name “looks” ni?

  2. JustSaying

    October 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    You see, Keyshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy Huxtable) instead of waiting on God’s timing you rushed to go marry a divorcee, a thug nigga, who is not even on NFL payroll anymore. All these Akata women attracted to male akata loosers cos they attracted to the thug in em.

    Meanwhile Tia, Tamera and Tatyana whom you grew up in the industry with made great choices to give them some dignity.

    You on the other hand, see your life and disgrace and all the wahala you have allowed yourself to go thru cos of wrong choices. You date nigga for three months and you marry him. Are you a learner.?

    Congratulations to Tatyana, a Harvard alum marrying a doctor. Great combination

    • Aunty religious

      October 4, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Aunty JustSaying I remember when you were so obsessed with people that “fornicate”. Now it’s divorcees. Aunty religious, between all the condemnations and judging, when do you have the time to preach, learn to love, read your bible, therapy for the burst veins; pay tithes etc

    • random

      April 29, 2017 at 2:33 am

      @justsaying wow, what a MEAN and judgemental comment. You dont even know Keisha and from afar youre playing guru over her life and misfortunes. I hope you know that life offers no guarantees regardless of the choices you make. …we are all in Gods hands…..Anyones circumstance can change at anytime. I pray Keisha finds joy and puts the like of you to shame. … have no right to lay judgement on people whose shoes you havent walked a mile in.

  3. Nystyle

    October 4, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    @Justsaying people including yourself make mistakes!

    • JustSaying

      October 4, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      yes well a BIG DICK will do that to ya
      make you mess up your life for nothing
      leave big dick alone and go for normal so you have a peaceful life

  4. lifeisbeautiful

    October 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!! So happy 4 her.

  5. M (the real one)

    October 4, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Wait…i thought her hubby was white (see wedding pics). Then is he à lawyer, doctor or assistant teacher @ Harvard???? #confusingreports

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