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


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.

Registration open for the February 2019 session


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.

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:

  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.

For online sessions, Amy presents five consecutive online, live webinars.

We will meet online on Thursdays in February 7, 14, 21, and 28 and Thursday March 7 from 6-8pm 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 offers the online, 15-hour Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training once a year, every July. She offers an online, 5-hour Advanced Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training every September.

**Members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death and INELDA receive 50 percent off of tuition — paying $175 to join. 

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.

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

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.