Amy Wright Glenn
  • Pregnancy Loss

Pregnancy Loss

"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
Pregnancy Loss

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


15-hour online, recorded, self-paced training


(*Scholarships available) 

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings are specifically geared for birth/postpartum doulas, bereavement doulas, therapists, midwives, ministers, OBs, prenatal yoga teachers, bereaved parent activists, and end-of-life care professionals. However, all interested in the topic are more than welcome to join Amy as she compassionately and wisely prepares participants to more confidently and clearly hold space for one of life’s most painful and devastating losses.

The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death is proud to sponsor 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 online and in-person trainings have been widely regarded as “inspirational” and “truly transformative.” Read testimonials here.

Both the recorded online and in-person trainings guide participants through a heartfelt analysis of three key components central to holding space for the bereaved post-pregnancy/infant loss.

These components are:

  1. An introduction to the Companioning Model of Care outlined by Alan Wolfelt, Founder and Director of the Center for Loss & Life Transition. Amy is deeply influenced by the companioning model of care. For example, she writes in Miscarriage Matters for PhillyVoice: “As a hospital chaplain specializing in the training of birth professionals to hold space for pregnancy loss, I’ve learned that being lovingly present matters much more than the speaking of carefully crafted words.”
  2. An exploration of best “care practices” with regard to the various support networks surrounding bereaved mothers.
  3. A cross-cultural understanding of the healing power of ritual found in both religious and secular settings.


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 online 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 view the provided recordings as well as successfully turn in all assignments.

Birth Arts International offers 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 will offer an online, 5-hour Advanced Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training this September.

**Members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death and INELDA receive 50 percent off of tuition — paying $100

Contact Amy for registration information.


Information about in-person trainings

Amy leads insightful and transformative in-person Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings. She has presented at the Indie Birth Midwifery Conference, the Birthwise Midwifery School, the Philly Doula Co-Op, Yoga Center Amherst, The Red Tent in Boca Raton, FL, and a private-home gatherings of birth and mental health care professionals.


Student midwives at Birthwise Midwifery School value and appreciate Amy’s grounding and open presence, her wealth of knowledge, and the care and safety with which she holds space for conversations around pregnancy loss.  We in the Academic Department are honored to welcome here as an elective instructor, and we see the deep value of her heart-offering to our classes of future midwives.  I encourage you to study with Amy whenever you have the chance!
-Abby Hall Luca, MA, CPM, NHCM, Academic Dean of Faculty at Birthwise Midwifery School


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, 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

Learn more about upcoming trainings.


Pleasant Grove, Utah.


 Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Teaching in Philly 2

Philadelphia, PA.

 Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine

Indie Birth Midwifery Conference in Sedona, Arizona.