A mother’s love is a mother’s love regardless of whether or not her child lives or dies.Amy Anderson, "On gratitude and grief: Mother donates 92 gallons of breast milk following pregnancy loss"
“We cannot step inside their shoes and feel what they are feeling, but we can become curious, enter into their story and honor their need to grieve as they choose.”
~Jane Heustis, RN and Marcia Jenkins, RN in “Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss”
As a birth doula, Amy draws upon her knowledge and experience to provide emotional and physical support in labor/delivery. For example, she provides reassurance and perspective, makes suggestions for labor progress, helps with relaxation, massage, positioning, and draws upon proven comfort measures.
As a hospital chaplain, Amy holds sacred space to process the anticipated and most difficult experience of stillbirth or infant loss. For example, she provides emotional, spiritual, and physical support and advocacy. She makes room for hope and stays rooted in the reality of the child’s diagnosis. She listens, loves, and honors each individual’s unique process of grieving.
As a birth/bereavement doula, Amy does not perform clinical tasks such as checking blood pressure, fetal heart rate, or performing vaginal exams. She does not make decisions for her clients. Rather, she discusses concerns and suggests options. She helps individuals get all the information needed to make informed decisions. She is independent and self-employed. As a birth/bereavement doula, she works for her clients, not their care provider or hospital.
The fee for Amy’s birth/bereavement doula support is $1500. A $500 deposit is due upon selection of Amy as one’s birth/bereavement doula. The remaining $1000 is due within the first month following delivery. No-interest payment plans are available.
This fee covers:
* Two 2-hour prenatal home visits wherein Amy supports the expectant couple to draft a birth/bereavement care plan, review helpful postures and relaxation techniques in preparation for birth, go over the basics of childbirth education, and discuss a companioning-oriented journey of grieving specific to stillbirth or infant loss.
* Email and/or phone support beginning from the time of hire and throughout the first 6 months postpartum.
*Continuous support throughout labor/birth plus 3-hours of support following delivery.
*Write-up of birth/bereavement story as told through the doula’s eyes.
* Two 2-hour postpartum home visits wherein the experience of birth/bereavement is held in sacred space and circles of support strengthened. Amy is available to help arrange a memorial and/or funeral service as requested.
Many couples anticipating stillbirth or infant loss prefer private childbirth education instruction. Additional prenatal visits focusing on childbirth education, prenatal yoga instruction, or chaplaincy counseling are available. Additional postnatal visits and consultations via Skype or phone are also available. The cost is $125 per 2-hour visit/consult.
*Amy takes individuals/couples as clients for in-person birth/bereavement support who live within Broward County and Palm Beach County, Florida.
Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Amy is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Trainer, (CD)DONA birth doula, hospital chaplain, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. She leads trainings for birth and mental health professionals on Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss around the country. Amy is a regular contributor to PhillyVoice and author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula.