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Latham Thomas guides women through the birth process, serving and supporting them as they labor. 

Now, she is doing the same for women in all seasons of life with her book, “Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within,” now in paperback. Thomas, heralded as one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, is seizing her moment and using it to spread the word about crucial maternal health issues and to encourage women to rise to a better, more authentic life.

“Especially in the times that we’re living in, people are stressed,” Thomas said. “There’s a sense of anxiety. There’s an existential stress when we think about the death toll. And compounding this experience of being quarantined, we’ve had the recent murders and racial injustice that has led to protests and mourning, really. I think right now, more than any other time, is when people need permission to rest, to slow down.”

As an uncertain school year begins, moms face a new kind of burnout, Thomas said – one that is different from the usual pressures of commuting and juggling. She said the typical hustle has been replaced with feelings that are apt to boil over. But it is also a time when change can take place, as people consider what truly makes them happy and what provides a meaningful life.

“People are rethinking their future,” she said. 

New habit systems can help women thrive and Thomas encourages a slow and steady examination of that, providing a framework to explore every aspect of life from spirituality and balance to ritual and purpose. And it is all done in a practical way, with specific guidance that reflects Thomas’ training and passion as a doula. She said some self-help guides catapult readers to a new realization. That’s not her style. She promotes gentle, lasting change. 

“I don’t know if I need to be catapulted someplace,” she said. “Maybe hold my hand as we take a journey. If this is a book you can get through in a few weeks, good. If it takes you a year, I’ve had people say, ‘I had to put it down because of where I was in my life and come back to it.’”

Thomas’ book is a workbook in every sense, encouraging concrete actions that help women care for themselves, incorporate rituals, rest, play and growth into daily life and in turn, care well for others. She noted that pregnancy and birth are processes, as are any meaningful transitions to new seasons. Having a guide helps. 

“You want people to feel seen, feel heard and feel that they belong,” she said. 

Learn more at https://mamaglow.com. Look for part two of our conversation with Thomas, focusing on the maternal health crisis facing Black women in the United States, in our September issue. 

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