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How wellness entrepreneur and doula Latham Thomas became a global advocate for female maternal health

In 2020, women have more choices about maternal health and childbearing than ever before. There are more options for where, when and how mothers can give birth. There are more magazines, blogs, newsletters and videos to seek advice on motherhood. There’s more information about nutrition and the impact of the environment on a woman’s body. There are even exponentially more brands of maternity clothes to choose from (and, thankfully, more stylish offerings, too).  There’s one woman who has become one of the most sought-after experts for female health, and helps guide women through that wide sea of information –Latham Thomas. 

Thomas is the founder of Mama Glow, a global women’s health and education platform for providing everything from doula services and doula training programs, to conferences and wellness events. She’s also an author of two bestselling books on for women – “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to a Fabulous and Abundant Pregnancy” and “Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within.” 

Additionally, Thomas is a well-known doula with clients ranging from suburban moms to well-known celebs, including model Ashley Graham, DJ Khaled and his wife Nicole Tuck, Alicia Keys, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff and actress Tamera Mowry-Housley.

In 2018, she launched The Mama Glow Doula lmmersion Program, that’s graduated hundreds of new doulas across the globe putting her at the forefront of providing better maternal care for women-particularly African-American mothers. And did we mention she’s one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100 spiritual thought leaders? 

Last year, Thomas launched The Continuum Conference, a one-day event in New York bringing together more than 300 women and medical professionals to “elevate and elucidate the conversation” around maternal health.  The event, which sold out in weeks, came as recent statistics have shown startling facts about the health issues surrounding African American moms, including how they are up to four times more likely to die from complications during childbirth than their white counterparts. In October, Thomas will host her second Continuum Conference in New York (for more information, visit thecontinuumconference.com). 

In a recent interview with the maternal maven, Thomas revealed some of the most pivotal moments in her career journey, and what she learned as she grew her business. Order your copy of the Elevation Magazine: The Wellness Issue to read the biggest takeaways from our conversation with Latham.