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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

In this circle no fear

In this circle, no fear In this circle, deep peace In this circle, great happiness In this circle, safety  We gathered by the sea. Women who hold space for thresholds. Women who hold the hands of the birthing and the dying.  We gathered to learn, share, inspire, restore. Through yoga, meditation, open discussion, and deep listening, we emerged transformed. The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death is powerful. It is radiant with life. Enjoy these photos from our October…

  • October 13, 2015
  • 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

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

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

“I’m not taking any births right now.”

The purple bag is packed. In fact, I’ve had it ready now for two weeks. Lovingly assembled doula items wait patiently. “I’m on call right now,” I tell my religion and philosophy students at a New Jersey preparatory boarding school. I place my cell phone on the large wooden table that is the centerpiece of our discussion-based class. My students understand the need for a break in our usual no cell phone policy. My phone sits silently as we analyze,…

  • 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

Webinar on Spirituality and Birth

I love weaving together insights drawn from different facets of my life. For example, in my work as a teacher of comparative religion and philosophy, I love sharing tales of birth and reflecting with my students on cross-cultural archetypes of the mother. In my work as a doula, I love supporting a woman’s spiritual or religious practice as she prepares for birth. Doulas are trained to offer extraordinarily helpful comfort measures to women in labor. Doulas acknowledge the profound interplay…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Thresholds: From Doula to Mother

Originally published in International Doula  I write these words as the sun rises across acres of fields in central New Jersey. Tree tops turn pink on this cold December morning. The earth awakens. How blessed we are for her faithful spinning around the sun. I write these words as I enter into the final stretch of pregnancy with skilled and gifted homebirth midwives supporting me along the way. I’ve always been drawn to thresholds, those magical doorways which link worlds…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Celebrating Doulas

Originally published in Holistic Parenting Magazine Aztec elders taught that women who died in childbirth go to the same level of paradise as men who died in battle. After attending over forty births, I fully understood why. Men die in battle from intense wounds. They bleed as they sacrifice for a greater cause. The same holds true for women who die in childbirth. They bleed as they open to life. The juxtaposition of beauty and pain in each birth astounds…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn