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Yes She Was

I recently interviewed Lisa Flato, the author of the following piece/poem. Our subject was post-traumatic growth. A recording of the interview is accessible to all members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Each month I host interviews, webinars, and open discussions focusing on the threshold points of birth and death as well as mindfulness when it comes to breath/living.   Yes She Was by Lisa Flato   Yes She Was Yes, she was beautiful. Yes, she…

  • April 30, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

The Joy of Teaching and Learning

Oh, I love teaching and learning. Even when the subject matter is difficult and emotionally charged, there is so much one can do to open the doors of the heart, mind, and being. There is so much one can do to inspire. Below are images from my recent Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Utah Training offered through the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Nineteen birth professionals, therapists, chiropractors etc. gathered to share, learn, and explore the powerful…

  • March 25, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Every Mother Counts

Known for her iconic image, Christy Turlington Burns does more than model an ideal of physical beauty. Following the birth of her first child, Burns suffered from an unexpected postpartum hemorrhage. Her safe recovery depended upon the wise response of an effectively outfitted medical team. But what of women who do not have access to such care? In 2010, Burns founded Every Mother Counts in order to make “pregnancy and birth safe for every mother.” Read more.

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Birth in America: Reflections on Power and Social Media

Meredith’s Story “Amy, can you meet us at the hospital in an hour?” my doula client asks. “We are trying to decide what to do.” “Of course. I’ll be there soon Meredith.” I hang up my phone and take a deep breath. Meredith is a first-time mom hoping for a natural birth. As her doula, my job certainly isn’t to make decisions for her. Rather, I am trained to offer loving support as she sorts through the choices at hand….

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

A Canary in the Coal Mine: The Growing Popularity of Unassisted Childbirth

A very small percentage of American women intentionally choose to birth at home without the presence of a midwife, doctor, or nurse. According to Shira Segal, professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, this is a “radical sub-movement within homebirth ideologies.” Why would women choose to give birth without the presence of medical professionals? For some, this action stems from religious conviction. For others, it’s a philosophical choice. However, a growing number of women are turning to unassisted childbirth…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

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

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