Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow and self-proclaimed ritualista, has cultivated a booming wellness practice over nearly a decade. Her leading revolution in radical self-care and spiritual growth has helped women embrace optimal wellness as a pathway to empowerment.
A single mom residing in NYC, she is the proud mother of a 12-year-old DJ prodigy, and has served as a doula and lifestyle guru for celebrity clients such as Alicia Keys, Rebecca Minkoff, Tamera Mowry, and Venus and Serena Williams. Named one of the “Top 100 Women To Watch In Wellness” by Mind Body Green, Latham has been featured in a variety of publications including Vogue, SELF, Fast Company, WSJ Magazine, Essence, and now proudly, ELEVATIONS.
Why did you start Mama Glow?
When I was pregnant with my son, I was looking for maternity resources and realized they didn’t exist in the way I envisioned. I wanted handholding and support along my journey. The entrepreneurial spirit within me led me to found the company Mama Glow. I realized when I started getting cold calls from celebrities and when Vogue magazine asked me to partner on an event early on…that this birth business I was cultivating would positively impact women and the world. I still consider birth topics as something that’s growing on people. We are here to transform the way women perceive their bodies and experience the birth process.
What does glow mean to you?
Mama Glow is an abundant, radiant energy that comes from within. It’s about your initiation, birthing yourself as a powerful woman, as you prepare to give birth to your bundle of joy. Birth is our rite of passage, and Mama Glow is our birth rite—to walk in grace, power, and wisdom, to have understanding, reverence, and trust in our bodies. Having faith in the benevolent universe and being an active participant in the co-creation of your fabulous life. This act of standing in your power ignites a force within that glows from the inside out. It’s a personal style that reflects confidence, beauty, radiance, and balance.
What is your daily health and exercise regimen like?
My daily practice includes movement and meditation, after I drop my son off to school I walk to my office. I used to live further away so it was a long commute but now I walk as much as possible. I make breakfast and dinner every day and sit at the table having breakfast with my son for those two meals. Depending on how I feel, I will take a dance class, do yoga on the roof or go for a run with my neighbor Sarah Jones who is my work out partner.
What is your advice for expecting mothers?
There is lots of advice I could give, I would say one important thing to consider- start a sister circle- keep company with women who will be supportive of you along your journey into new motherhood. It takes the support of community for mother’s to transition smoothly. Set up your community ahead of time.
What provides you with the most joy as a mother?
My son is my ultimate joy.
How has your glow helped you overcome an obstacle, or tackle a problem in a way you might not have previously?
My faith helps me overcome challenges and continue the course. It’s my glow power from within that ignites my passion and leads the way. My support system helps keep me grounded as well.
What suggestions do you have for people struggling to find their glow?
Fall in love with yourself. Help others, do something that allows you to truly give of yourself. Spend time doing what you love and explore self inquiry. I read scripture, poetry, dance, draw, meditate, I believe in spending time doing what you love to help cultivate yourself and amplify your glow power.
What piece of advice do you have for people like you, who are juggling work, family, travel and more?
You just do it. There is no formula, everyone has a unique story, arc, lifestyle, and factors to consider as they navigate life. I would only say, stop trying to “get balanced”. Just accept that life never slows down and your to-do list will never be empty and your email inbox will never be clear. There is always something to do. Seek dynamic equilibrium, which is not about trying to balance and be perfect, but about juggling all of it with grace.
How do you define beauty?
Beauty is knowing your intricate topography, embracing your luminosity and trusting your unique magic.