Amy Wright Glenn
  • Pregnancy Loss

Pregnancy Loss

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.

All are welcome to register for the online, self-paced, 15-hour Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training.

Transformative/inspiring 5-hour in-person Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings are also powerful experiences open to all. In-person trainings are taught either by Institute-trained teachers or Institute founder, Amy Wright Glenn.

All Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss teachers compassionately and wisely prepare participants to more confidently and clearly hold space for one of life’s most painful and devastating losses.


Both the 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 unique to the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings and include:

*An introduction to Holding Space and the Companioning Model of Care outlined by Alan Wolfelt, Founder and Director of the Center for Loss & Life Transition.

*An exploration of best “care practices” with regard to the various support networks surrounding bereaved mothers.

*A cross-cultural understanding of the healing power of ritual found in both religious and secular settings.



15-hour online, recorded, self-paced training


(*Scholarships available) 

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 a 15-hour, self-paced, online Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training taught by Amy Wright Glenn, author of Birth, Breath, and Death and Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go. Amy’s teaching has been widely regarded as “inspirational” and “truly transformative.” Read testimonials here.

Participants who register for this self paced, online experience will be guided through 5 recorded modules of study. Reading, writing, and personal reflection are central to preparing for each of the five modules. 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 central to the training 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.

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.



Institute teachers lead insightful and transformative in-person Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings.

All Institute teachers have completed a 55-hour training with Amy Wright Glenn and each teacher works diligently to bring the best of the Institute framework described above with her or his own insights and stories to transform the way in which communities hold space, and understand, pregnancy and infant loss.

While the majority of the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings are now being taught by Institute-trained teachers, Amy is also available to teach Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings, albeit primarily “in house” with midwifery colleges, hospitals, and conferences.

Amy has trained over 600 birth and mental health professionals in this work.

Learn more about upcoming trainings.


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’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


(Birth Arts International offers 5 CEUs to members who successfully complete both the in-person and online training. Many DONA certified doulas who attend Institute-sponsored in-person training have successfully received 5 CEU recertification hours under the Alternative B-1 category. Contact Amy for more information about CEUs.)