From Victoria's Secret models to reality stars, the super-doula guiding Manhattan's smart set through pregnancy and childbirth
22:29 GMT, 24 October 2012
A doula who has guided countless A-listers through pregnancy and labour has opened up about the advice she advocates for her famous clients.
Childbirth expert Latham Thomas, 32, has worked with Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes in the past and is currently on standby for reality star Tamera Mowry, due to welcome her first child any day now.
Though many expectant mothers in New York hire doulas – a non-medical expert on hand to guide a woman through labour – it seems Ms Thomas goes above and beyond the average, making her highly in demand – and pricey – with fees of up to $12,000.
A-list guru: Latham Thomas has been a doula for Doutzen Kroes, Stacey Bendet Eisner and Rebecca Minkoff
She tells the New York Post that she favours a holistic approach, advising on diet (she favours a plant-based regime), exercise (plenty of yoga) and the mother's mindset (she recommends meditation).
'The goal is for [the women] to experience a healthy, balanced and
fabulous pregnancy,' she explains. 'It can be very sexy and empowering if
you embrace the changes to your body.'
It was certainly effective for Ms
Kroes, who gave birth to son Phyllon in January 2011, and was back to
her runway best in what appeared to be record time.
Nutritional guide: Ms Thomas advised Victoria's Secret Angel Ms Kroes (pictured at seven months' pregnant with boyfriend Sunnery James, left, and last night, right) on her diet while expecting son Phyllon
'I gave Doutzen nutritional advice
throughout her pregnancy,' she reveals. 'She did not put on much weight
at all and it came off very easily after
Ms Thomas, herself a mother to Fulano, nine, says New Yorkers are probably most in need of her guidance.
Empowering the style set: Fashion designers Rebecca Minkoff (left) and Stacey Bendet Eisner (right) cannot speak highly enough of Ms Thomas, who they used while pregnant
'A lot of women – especially the A-types who live and work in Manhattan –
have issues with slowing things down,' she says.
In print: Latham Thomas' book is out next month
'No matter how wealthy and
successful you are, you still want your hand to be held.'
Other clients, including top fashion designers Stacey Bendet Eisner and Rebecca Minkoff cannot speak highly enough of her.
'This woman is an angel,' says Ms Minkoff. 'She empowers you so that you are free to focus on welcoming your baby
into the world.'
To critics who believe doulas can be obstructive and contradictory to the advice of doctors and nurses, Ms Thomas says her goal is to unite the holistic and the medical specialists.
'I felt there was this polarity in Manhattan where you had the hippie
natural birth [movement] on one side and [doctors] who were into
ultra-medical, hospitalized birth on the other,' she said.
'I thought: “How come
there is no interaction” I wanted to bring those two sides together.'
Latham Thomas' first book, Mama Glow, is published on November 6