Latham Thomas on Vulnerability in the Postpartum Period & the Importance of Ritual – Episode​ 15 of The Grace Tales Podcast

Latham Thomas describes her work as her 'calling' – and with a spot on Oprah's Super Soul 100, two best-selling books to her name, a host of celebrity clients and a global following via her Mama Glow brand, there's no doubt that she's living her purpose. Known on Instagram as Glow Maven, and as co-founder of the wildly popular Continuum Conference, Latham is an advocate for reproductive justice. As a doula, her work centers not only around birth but around supporting women through all points of the reproductive cycle. And with a deep respect for the traditions around divine femininity, the 'village' and sacred rituals of self-care, her holistic approach to caring for women is both modern, and informed by history.



"If you think about what happens when the baby arrives here", she tells our host Georgie Abay, "they are born but the mother is also born. And it's a rebirth for that person. Who she once was is no longer; she's someone new."

Latham is outspoken about the failings of our maternal health care systems – particularly when it comes to the disproportionate rates of maternal morbidity for Black women who are "four to five times more likely than white women to die during childbirth or due to childbirth-related causes", she tells us. "The reasons for these deaths, it's not because of race, it's because of racism. There's nothing wrong with Black people."

In this potent conversation we speak to the self-care advocate about:

  • Autonomy in the birth process
  • Black maternal deaths and why they are so out of control
  • Dismantling systemic racism within the hospital system
  • The future of birth and what it might look like outside of the hospital
  • What exactly a doula does
  • How doulas connect us back to our village roots
  • How birth oscillates wildly between strength and vulnerability
  • The birth of the mother and vulnerability in the postpartum period
  • Informed consent and what that means in a medical context
  • The power of women gathering
  • Self-care and why what you don't do is as important as what you do
  • Her book Own Your Glow
  • The importance of ritual in her life
  • Parenting her teenage son and balancing her fears with his freedom

Follow Latham on Instagram at @glowmaven

Visit Latham's website Mama Glow

Find out more about The Continuum Conference

Read Own Your Glow

Images: Yumi Matsuo for Lingua Franca

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Like so many women, British celebrity nutritional therapist and best-selling author Amelia Freer just assumed she'd one day be a mother. But as she ended her thirties, she suffered a spate of miscarriages - including one that occurred while Freer was appearing on live TV, promoting one of her best-selling books - and doctors told her to prepare for a life without children.


Her chances of becoming pregnant, they said, were incredibly low. "It was quite brutal to accept that my future was going to look different to how I had imagined," she says. "But I don't think I really accepted it or gave up, I just quietly hoped for a miracle. I saw it as yet another of life's hurdles and I do have an attitude of just seeing how things turn out." It's this attitude – and a healthy dose of reproductive luck, of course – that saw Freer fall pregnant at 41 with her first child. Her beautiful daughter, Willow, is now two and a half.

During her pregnancy, Freer's attitude to health stayed as sensible as it has always been. With a focus on gut health, vegetables and good fats, Freer has always steered away from fad diets and trend-based superfoods when it comes to her clients (who include Victoria Beckham, James Corden and Sam Smith, among others). Victoria Beckham has said Freer taught her "so much about food; you've got to eat the right things, eat the right healthy fats."

She's written four books (her fourth book Simply Good For You celebrates the joy and the nutrition of food, and features over a hundred delicious, quick and non-nonsense recipes that are as healthy as they are tasty). Her third book, Nourish and Glow: The Ten Day Plan was borne of Freer's no-nonsense approach to nutrition. Based on a modified version of the Mediterranean diet, Freer says the book is a great place to start for anyone looking to improve their nutrition. As in all of her work, there's an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and complex grains.

We caught up with the inspiring Freer to talk motherhood, the experience of miscarriage and more. In our conversation, we cover:

-The joy and the nutrition of food.
-The psychological and social aspects of nutrition.
-How Amelia's approach is driven by 'Positive Nutrition' and it's not perfectionist.
-Why we aren't understanding that diets simply don't work.
-What should we actually eat in a day?
-How many of us are dehydrated and how this has a massive impact on our wellbeing.
-Pregnancy loss and her motherhood journey
-How to nurture our bodies after we have children.
-Time management and the power of "no"

To find out more about Amelia Freer, go to ameliafreer.com

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Amelia Freer with her daughter Willow

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