"Those of us who devote our professional lives to holding space for birthing women know how heavy the shadow of 'not discussing it' can be. Silent, unprocessed grief from previous pregnancy loss can deeply impact the trajectory of a mother’s future pregnancy and childbirth experiences."Amy Wright Glenn
With her profound compassion and intellect, Amy takes one of the most difficult subjects there is — death — and creates a safe space to deeply explore and learn. Her skills as a teacher, chaplain and doula beautifully synchronize for a comprehensive interactive training that I encourage ALL birth professionals to take. My professional life aside, I am a better human being after benefitting from the holistic ways Amy approached our study together.
~ Elizabeth Reiner, CPM and founder of Shifrah’s Sisters Holistic Birth Services
The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death is proud to sponsor live, online trainings and in-person, location-specific trainings on Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss taught by Amy Wright Glenn, author of Birth, Breath, and Death and Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go. Amy’s trainings have been widely regarded as “inspirational” and “truly transformative.” Read testimonials here.
Both online and in-person trainings guide participants through a heartfelt analysis of three key components central to holding space for grieving mothers and their families.
These components are:
For online sessions, Amy presents five consecutive online, live webinars. The July session begins Monday July 2nd from 5-7pm EST. Participants in overseas time zones, or those who have previously scheduled summer vacation travel etc., are welcome to watch the recordings of the modules. Recordings will be made available to all enrolled in the training for unlimited access during the 5-weeks of the study.
All enrolled receive a PDF syllabus and weekly email assignments. Reading, writing, and personal reflection are central to preparing for each of the five modules and Amy is in active contact via email with those enrolled in the training. All participants are required to read Holding Space — On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn and Ghostbelly by Elizabeth Heineman. Participants will apply the three key components outlined above to Heineman’s honest and searing memoir. To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend live — or view the provided recordings of — all online training sessions as well as successfully turn in all assignments.
Doula Training Canada and Birth Arts International both offer 5 CEUs to members who successfully complete this training. DONA certified doulas have used this training to receive 5 CEU recertification hours under the Alternative B-1 category.
Amy is a warm, wise person whose presence in our school is always welcomed and enjoyed by staff and students alike. Our midwifery students consistently appreciate her grounded, gentle presence as she guides them through exploring difficult topics. Her courses are full of useful and practical information as well as plenty of heart.
-Kelsey Scherer, CPM, Birthwise Midwifery School, Bridgton, Maine
This training exceeded my expectations! Amy so artfully pulled together from the three dimensions of birth, breath, and death. It was well organized, and she was a focused group leader, able to honor and attend to those feeling their own grief, but also keeping with good time and energy toward the ticking clock and the needs of all attendees. Amy is an outstanding group leader and added warmth, honesty, and care to a difficult topic. I used information I learned immediately in the office on Monday morning.
~ Allison Ramsey, psychotherapist, North Carolina
Amy’s training is fantastic, and many of our conference attendees said it was their favorite part of their experience! She approaches these difficult and emotional topics with amazing grace and confidence. Amy’s teaching style is so engaging, and she steadfastly guided us on such a beautiful journey over the short course of time we had with her (and we all wished we had more!).
~Margo Blackstone, Indie Birth Association
Amy teaching in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
The Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training in Philadelphia, PA.
Amy teaching at the Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine
At the Indie Birth Midwifery Conference in Sedona, Arizona.