“Learn to birth out of the limits you’ve been given.”
I am so happy I got to sit down with my dear friend Latham and record this episode. She is a queen of supporting women to own their birthright of beauty and wholeness and she especially works with pregnant mamas.
After giving birth to her son Fulano in 2003, Latham Thomas set out on a mission to help women reclaim birth. A graduate of Columbia University & The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham is a maternity lifestyle maven, world renown wellness leader and master birth doula on the vanguard of transforming the wellness movement. Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Latham is bridging the gap between optimal wellness, spiritual growth, and radical self care and is the go-to-guru for modern holistic lifestyle for women. She authored the bestselling book titled, “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to a Fabulous and Abundant Pregnancy”, foreword by Dr. Christiane Northrup in 2012 and most recently published bestseller OWN YOUR GLOW: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within.
Latham serves on the TUFTS University Nutrition Council and is also a member of the Well + Good Council where she provides expertise in women’s wellness, pregnancy and self-care. In March of 2018, Latham released the meditation audio program, BEDITATIONS: Guided Meditations and Rituals for Rest and Renewal. She teaches at universities and teaching hospitals around the country, helping to improve the patient labor and delivery experience.
In this conversation, we talk about what is happening right now in our country around social justice, racism, valuing women of color, and how to take care of yourself while showing up for the movement and making an impact.
- How systemic racism is affecting how the pandemic impacts people (2:45)
- How we can dismantle systemic racism right now (7:10)
- Why the approaches are a multifaceted and multilayered (12:41)
- What the wellness industry can do to represent people of color better (15:30)
- How it’s easy to be insensitive to cultural context of a certain thing rather than giving credit where it’s due (21:51)
- How we can change even after years of appropriating others’ culture (26:21)
- The tools that can be helpful to usher people through to the other side of pain (31:32)
- How everything we’ve been practicing is leading to this moment (35:41)
- How black women can help to lift each other up (41:23)
Links mentioned in this episode
- Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within
- Order Koya’s book Let Your Fears Make You Fierce
Koya on YouTube