“A lot of a doula’s work is helping people to soften so that they can ask for and receive help.” – Latham Thomas
Today I’m excited to share a chat with my friend Latham Thomas, who is a celebrity wellness and lifestyle guru, doula, and educator. She explains the role a doula can play in a client’s childbirth village. We also discuss the Black maternal health crisis, and Latham shares how she became a doula herself and later launched her doula training program so that more parents could experience childbirth the way she did.
- 02:53 How Latham founded maternity brand Mama Glow out of a desire to protect the childbirth experience she had herself
- 08:50 The role of a doula
- 14:10 How hiring a doula can be an act of self-love
- 18:09 How Latham launched her doula training program and innovated in response to the pandemic
- 25:37 The Black maternal health crisis and actions you can take to help
- 35:12 Latham’s most challenging boundary struggle
Connect with Latham Thomas:
Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Latham is the founder of Mama Glow, a global maternal health and education brand serving birthing people along the childbearing continuum. Mama Glow supports birthing families during the fertility period, pregnancy, birth as well as during postpartum offering hand-holding through their bespoke doula services. Their doula education platform empowers birth workers around the world. Latham is a fierce advocate for birth equity and works to bridge policy gaps in maternal health. She’s co-founder of The Continuum Conference, a gathering centering on the experience of fertility, pregnancy, and new motherhood. And the Mama Glow Foundation, advancing reproductive justice through education, advocacy, and the arts.
Cultivating her wellness practice over nearly a decade she has served as a doula and lifestyle guru for celebrity clients including Alicia Keys, Anne Hathaway, Ashley Graham, DJ Khaled, Rebecca Minkoff, Doutzen Kroes, Tamera Mowry, Gabrielle Union, and more. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Vogue, The Breakfast Club, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal Magazine, FORBES, SELF, Essence, and more. She is the proud mother of 17-year-old DJ prodigy, producer and entrepreneur, DJ Fulano. Latham is a graduate of Columbia University and author of book two best-selling books; Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living And Crowning The Queen Within and Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy.
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