Latham Thomas is a wellness expert and educator in plant based nutrition and on the vanguard of transforming the maternal wellness movement. She is the founder of Tender Shoots Wellness, a boutique holistic lifestyle practice that serves women during the childbearing years, offering culinary services, nutritional counseling, yoga, and birth coaching services. She recently launched MamaGlow.com where she offers coaching services, events, videos, and classes for women. Latham published her first book- “Mama Glow” in fall of 2012 with Hay House. She is the co-founder of the Mama Glow Film Festival, and has been featured on the Dr.Oz Show, ABC Eyewitness News, Inside Edition, Fox News LIVE, NY Daily News, NY Post, Vital Juice, Essence, Body + Soul, November 2011 cover issue of Experience Life and more. Bridging the gap between optimal wellness, spiritual growth, and radical self care Latham Thomas is emerging as the go-to-guru for modern holistic lifestyle for women during pregnancy and beyond.
Interviewed by Toiia L Rukuni, founder of Motheroftheworld.net and author of Daughter of the Diaspora Freedom from Within.http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Diaspora-Toiia-L-Rukuni/dp/1615466525
I am so honored and humbled to have Latham Thomas for her inspiring interview for Mother of the World.net empowering women around the world. I feel that she has a wealth of knowledge that will help to empower, guide, and motivate women to reach their greatness. I am a busy mother of two, Mommy Lifestyle Blogger, Author, wife, and writer. I simply adore Latham Thomas and the way that she balances her family and career. I hope that everyone enjoys reading this interview, as much as I delighted in learning from this amazing interview.
1. First could you explain what exactly is a Doula?
A doula is a certified labor support coach who is trained to meet the needs of an expectant mother on her labor journey.
2. How did you become a Doula or pregnancy coach?
Becoming a doula seemed like a natural progression to my work. I was serving pregnant women in my prenatal yoga classes, many of them found that my soothing energy and sense of calm was just what they wanted when they went into labor. I applied for a fellowship and was trained as a doula with the Hudson Perinatal Consortium. My experience as a doula has influenced every aspect of my life, including my parenting. A lot of the principals echo teachings from yoga. I have learned to trust the process, go with the flow, watch and wait, listen, take a back seat and support each of these lessons are addressed in my book as well.
3. How can new mothers take a more holistic approach to pregnancy?
It’s a choice. They can choose to explore education during this time and learn about the unique connection we have to our babies and to the ambient landscape- our food system etc. The first step is reading and finding messaging that feels right for you! Visit www.mamaglow.com for informative reading and to learn more about wellness during pregnancy.
4. Why do you think that it is important to make room in your life mentally, physically, and spiritually for pregnancy? How do you make room?
Pregnancy is a spiritual event so making room and preparing for it is a great way to embrace and set the tone for the journey you want to have. What you eat will become the building blocks of your future child. Would you rather build a castle of sand or of stone? Preconception detoxification- which I outline in the pre-pregnancy section of the book, and a healthy plant based diet of whole foods with a focus on what I’ve termed “glow foods” for optimal wellness. Clearing your life to make space for the baby helps you to also learn to let go. Find recipes on www.MamaGlow.com
5. What is your main advice to any expecting Mother?
Learn to mother your self first. Embrace the act of radical self care. Make time for you- don’t push yourself too far- relax.
6. For breastfeeding mothers what are the best choices for healthy eating habits? How long should a new mother breast feed her child? Should she use any supplements if her milk flow is low, or having trouble coming in?
You should breastfeed as long as you want but at least exclusively for the first 6 months. Fennel and Fenugreek are great supplements for boosting milk flow. Also Guiness Stout- if you like beer- because of the Hops. Eating whole foods and staying hydrated will help boost milk supply- but avoid cruciferous veggies- so no kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli etc. It creates gas in the baby.
7. What are some tips for breastfeeding mothers when going back to work?
Have support at work – a clean and quiet, private space to pump your milk.
Get the baby used to taking a bottle with your breast milk so you aren’t stressed when you leave the baby with a caretaker or family members.
Pump from the beginning so you can store enough milk to last you well beyond the time you intend to nurse the baby.
Have a picture of your baby handy or watch videos of your baby prior to nursing to help with the let down reflex to stimulate milk flow.
8. How do you manage being a single mother, having a successful career, and your own business?
With faith. Somehow you just do it all. There isn’t a choice. I must do my best in all that I endeavor and my son is the most important thing in my world so I make it all happen around him.
9. What suggestions do you have for new mothers who may be coping with post partum depression? How do you return to your pre baby body after giving birth?
For postpartum depression- the biggest challenge is support. Feeling adequate support. http://mamaglow.com/get-help-depression-pregnancy-alone/
10. How would you define “Mama Glow?”
Mama Glow is an embodiment of radiance, abundance.
See here for the definition. http://mamaglow.com/our-story/