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Yes She Was

I recently interviewed Lisa Flato, the author of the following piece/poem. Our subject was post-traumatic growth. A recording of the interview is accessible to all members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Each month I host interviews, webinars, and open discussions focusing on the threshold points of birth and death as well as mindfulness when it comes to breath/living.   Yes She Was by Lisa Flato   Yes She Was Yes, she was beautiful. Yes, she…

  • April 30, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Round the Circle

I love holding a book in my hands that I just can’t wait to read. Each chapter, a treasure. Each page, an inspiration. This is how I feel when I pick up my new copy of “Round the Circle: Doulas Share Their Experiences.” I am particularly joyful as I am one of 23 doulas featured in “Round the Circle” — the first anthology by and for doulas ever to be published. Below editor Julie Brill, CCCE, CLD reflects upon the crafting…

  • April 17, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Homebirth Cesarean

As mentioned in author and doula Ananda Lowe’s recent NPR piece, the term “homebirth cesarean” didn’t exist before 2011. However, today more and more birth professionals have picked up the lexicon which refers to “a planned out-of-hospital birth that ends in the hospital operating room.” Cesarean surgery is the most commonly preformed surgery in the US. One-third of all American children are born via cesarean section. While America’s high cesarean rates are certainly concerning, for mothers who hope to deliver in…

  • March 21, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Inspiring selections from Birth, Breath, and Death

Inspiring selections from Birth, Breath, and Death.  “I am transfixed by love’s intensity and power. I am captivated by the study of life’s thresholds. What is more mysterious than the great unknown existing beyond the frontiers of birth and death? Through the bodies of women, we are all born into time and space. Each one of us must also walk through that great, uncharted door of death.” “I love this diverse tapestry of religious expression, yet I join the mystics everywhere…

  • February 17, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Interviews with Amy Wright Glenn

Below is an up-to-date list of voice, Skype, and web interviews relating to Amy Wright Glenn’s work as a doula, chaplain, yoga teacher, mother, and writer. Enjoy. Adriana Lozada, birth doula, author, and the creator of “The Birthful Podcast,” recently interviewed Amy about stillbirth and infant loss. How best can we support families through these most difficult times? May the insights shared here be helpful. Nathalie Saenz, founder of Dearest Doula, a “top-ranking, alternative health podcast,” recently interviewed Amy about the religious and spiritual…

  • January 8, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Web Reviews of “Birth, Breath, and Death”

In addition to short professional reviews published in “Birth, Breath, and Death,” there are many reviews of my book available online. Here is an inspiring review featured in HuffPost by Camalo Gaskin, founder of BIRTHtoBIRTH. She writes powerfully and examines the role midwives/doulas for the birthing and dying serve in our society. “Is there something similar we have to consider when caring for others as they birth and as they die?” Beautiful. Natalie Kertes Weaver, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College, composed a…

  • December 24, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Doula of Birth and Death

I am a mother. Through my body, my son entered our world. Because of this fact, one day he will die. I bow to the mystery wherein resides this difficult truth. I bow to the love that gives this mystery meaning. *** At birth, we each are given two gifts. One is life and the other is death. Through the body of a woman, each one of us enters life’s dance. Whatever our relationship to this woman is today, this…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Every Mother Counts

Known for her iconic image, Christy Turlington Burns does more than model an ideal of physical beauty. Following the birth of her first child, Burns suffered from an unexpected postpartum hemorrhage. Her safe recovery depended upon the wise response of an effectively outfitted medical team. But what of women who do not have access to such care? In 2010, Burns founded Every Mother Counts in order to make “pregnancy and birth safe for every mother.” Read more.

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Circumcision, Cultural Bias, and the Question of Consent

“My penis was cut without my consent and without good reason. This will not happen to our son.” My husband speaks with clarity and conviction. Long before we became parents, my husband carefully researched the subject of male genital cutting, commonly called circumcision. His opposition to the practice is two-fold. First, there is the question of consent. Small children — let alone infants — have no capacity to consent to the surgical removal of sound body parts. Secondly, there is…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Birth in America: Reflections on Power and Social Media

Meredith’s Story “Amy, can you meet us at the hospital in an hour?” my doula client asks. “We are trying to decide what to do.” “Of course. I’ll be there soon Meredith.” I hang up my phone and take a deep breath. Meredith is a first-time mom hoping for a natural birth. As her doula, my job certainly isn’t to make decisions for her. Rather, I am trained to offer loving support as she sorts through the choices at hand….

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn