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The broody 38-year-old seemed in her element with the little ones when she dropped in to the maternity ward of a Lagos clinic, accompanied by fellow model Tyson Beckford
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Naomi has commented that she feels she'd "calm down" if she had a child of her own to dedicate herself to
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Naomi thinking about motherhood as she does hospital rounds

15 JULY 2008
We're used to seeing Naomi Campbell sashaying along a catwalk or swanning around on the international party circuit. On a visit to Nigeria this week, though, the glamorous London-born model was showing off a more domestic side as she cradled babies in a maternity ward.

In contrast to her fiery image, the cover girl was a picture of tenderness as she lifted several of the tiny patients at the Lagos clinic out of their cribs for a hug. Time spent with the children of friends like Kate Moss - whose daughter Lila is five - seems to have paid dividends, as Naomi supported one newborn in the crook of her arm with an expert touch.

The catwalk star has been talking lately about her readiness to become a mother. "I know that with a baby I'd calm down," said the supermodel, who recently embarked upon a new relationship with a millionaire businessman. "With a child... you have to give your full self."

Her companion on the trip, during which she distributed sackloads of gifts to expectant and new mums, was model Tyson Beckford. The photogenic pair were in the country to attend the This Day Africa Rising concert, which aimed to show the continent in a positive light.

On October 14 another Africa Rising gig is being held in London's Albert Hall and Naomi has called on pals like Kate, Lily Cole and footballer Ferdinand Rio to give the event their backing.