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Prenatal Yoga

Originally published in International Doula Magazine. Many pregnant women know that the practice of prenatal yoga asanas (postures) is helpful for in staying in shape through pregnancy and preparing for childbirth. In fact, most of the women in my prenatal yoga classes are entirely new to yoga and are inspired to try these ancient postures because of their pregnancy. There are numerous benefits to such a practice. During my prenatal yoga teacher training, we were told that “it’s never too…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Thresholds: From Doula to Mother

Originally published in International Doula  I write these words as the sun rises across acres of fields in central New Jersey. Tree tops turn pink on this cold December morning. The earth awakens. How blessed we are for her faithful spinning around the sun. I write these words as I enter into the final stretch of pregnancy with skilled and gifted homebirth midwives supporting me along the way. I’ve always been drawn to thresholds, those magical doorways which link worlds…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Celebrating Doulas

Originally published in Holistic Parenting Magazine Aztec elders taught that women who died in childbirth go to the same level of paradise as men who died in battle. After attending over forty births, I fully understood why. Men die in battle from intense wounds. They bleed as they sacrifice for a greater cause. The same holds true for women who die in childbirth. They bleed as they open to life. The juxtaposition of beauty and pain in each birth astounds…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Pristine, Wondrous Happiness

Originally published in Holistic Parenting Magazine My husband stands next to me in the kitchen of our humble south Florida home. Nearby, our 27-month-old son Taber plays with yellow construction trucks. I breathe in the beauty of daily things and begin to clean up after dinner. “Dada look! Crane truck!” Taber shouts. “Yes, look at that crane truck,” my husband responds kindly. Then he sighs. I can tell he’s not fully present. Tired from a day of dealing with administrative…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Choosing Love

A friend of mine was a business tycoon before becoming the victim of a terrible fire. One night while sleeping in his motorhome, propane gas leaked and filled the vehicle. Once ignited, his body was burned and forcefully ejected. Upon arriving to the scene, rescue workers found him dead. Against all odds, they revived him. My friend remembers watching the ensuing drama from a calm vantage point above his body. He remembers an all-enveloping peace surround him. This peace extended…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Book Review “Encountering the Edge”

  In her new “career memoir,” rabbi and hospice chaplain Karen B. Kaplan shares vivid descriptions of her day-to-day experiences of serving the dying and the grieving. Drawing upon a remarkable capacity for listening, a deep appreciation for the human story, and a penchant for “comedy that flirts with sacrilege,” Kaplan navigates the waters of meaning and emotion as she supports those standing at “the edge of the beyond.” The result is a moving and beautiful account of what it…

  • November 28, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Blessing

  Oh, you who radiate life A blessing   May your pregnancy unfold with ease May gentleness surround you   Joy for precious days Days of two hearts beating in one body   You radiate wonder Inspiring poetry, art, worship of ancients   Trust your body This process and your unique pregnancy path   Soon to emerge as mother May kindness guide your hands   Oh, you who radiate life Birth blessings   May you move with the wisdom of…

  • November 28, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn