Quality applicants demonstrating a heartfelt interest and skillset to successfully teaching either the Loving, Dying, and Letting Go workshop and/or the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training worked diligently with Amy to complete a 55-hour Teacher Training consisting both of in-person and online work.
Below you will find a list of upcoming trainings/workshops taught by individuals who successfully completed the 55-hour Teacher Training as well as a bio and contact list.
The next Loving, Dying, and Letting Go Teacher Training is slated for summer 2020 and the next Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Teacher Training is slated for summer 2021. (Contact Amy if you are interested in applying).
Calling all birth and mental health professionals in Upstate New York…
Amy Lee Czadzeck, mindfulness teacher specializing in compassion based, integrative, and advanced bodywork for moms and babies and graduate of the 55-hour Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death Teacher Training, will be leading a 5-hour, in person, Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training on Saturday, June 22nd. Learn more and register today!
Calling all birth and mental health professionals in Virginia Beach, VA…
On Tuesday, July 9th, Dianna Vagianos Armentrout, author, bereaved mother, and graduate of the 55-hour Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death Teacher Training, will be leading a 5-hour, in person, Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training in Virginia. Learn more and register today!
This is the finest continuing education class I have ever taken. I learned so much about the topic, about myself, and my story as the mother of an infant who died at nine-days-old… I can truly say I think I now know how to hold space in a way that I never knew before. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
~ Linda Reilly Blue, birth doula, Connecticut
Ilonka Michelle O’Neil
Lake Worth, Florida
Ilonka is an RN, and holds a BSN with a background in mother/baby nursing. She is a writer, a trauma informed yoga teacher, a wife, and the mother of two teens. Her first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. She has been a member of The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death since 2015. Her work can be found at fullsoulahead.com, and yogawriter.org.
Capital District of New York
Amy is an entrepreneur of To the Moon and Back, a center that offers complementary care of individual bodywork sessions and community gatherings to support pregnant and postpartum mothers. As a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006, Amy is transitioning to the emerging field of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and obtained advanced training in Compassion Based Practices for Moms and Babies. She is a member of The Pregnancy Project and a team member of KindNest, a practice that serves as a pregnancy empowerment hub to the community. Amy serves as a mentor in workshops for teen girls and organizes school-wide wellness days.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Camille is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice specializing in Reproductive & Perinatal Mental Health. She began her career on the OB floor where she supported families in times of miscarriage, stillbirth, placing for adoption, and infant death. After a personal struggle with infertility and miscarriage, Camille founded the Utah Infertility Resource Center, a nonprofit organization which provides emotional support and education to thousands of families wishing and struggling to grow. In addition to supporting clients through professional counseling, Camille has spent years volunteering for local grief support organizations such as The Sharing Place and Share Parents of Utah. She is actively involved in research, advocacy endeavors, and serves on a number of community boards. Camille enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters who joined their family through open adoption. She became a teacher for The Institute in honor of her daughter, Everly, who came from a surprise pregnancy after nine years of infertility, and died in utero at 31 weeks gestation.
Dawn Welburn is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, a clinical/intuitive massage therapist who holds licenses in both NY (025007) and LA (LA8410), a full spectrum doula, and a creatrix of jewelry/poetry/art. Dawn is a certified perinatal massage therapist through MotherMassage® and is working towards Birth/Bereavement Doula certification through StillBirthday. She is an instructor through TheInstitute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death, certified to teach the course Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss and working towards certification to teach the course Loving, Dying, and Letting Go. She lives a path of self-discovery that involves reawakening, rediscovering, and reconnecting to herself and the world. Helping others during their own self-discovery, holding space for each individual wherever they are right now, with all of the tools she is learning along her own path, is her Ministry and Service.
Dianna Vagianos Armentrout
Dianna Vagianos Armentrout is a writer, teacher, workshop facilitator, and poetry therapist. Dianna’s pregnancy with her daughter, Mary Rose, who died an hour after birth of trisomy 18, changed her life and writing completely. Her memoir, Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Newborn Death, was published in 2015 to support others going through pregnancies with life-limiting and fatal diagnoses. Dianna is currently writing a novel about her female Greek ancestors. She lives in Littleton, Colorado, and blogs at www.diannavagianos.com.
Kara Mangum lives in north central Florida with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Education Degree. Go Gators! She then taught students in Kindergarten and Preschool. After experiencing her own pregnancy loss in 2013, she founded the nonprofit Our Hearts Align. Her goal is to connect families with resources that meet their needs and to help provide some comfort to moms during those difficult days. Kara is passionate about education and supporting those in the pregnancy loss community. Teaching the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training is a beautiful way for her to combine those passions.
Brussels Belgium, Washington, DC
Emily Gold holds a Masters of Public Health and is a Doula and Yoga Therapist. She has worked in the field of maternal and women’s health for over a decade in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia. As a doula Emily has supported families through births as well as the loss of pregnancies. As a Yoga Therapist Emily works with clients on a variety of women’s health issues, including prenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression, birth trauma, and fertility issues. Since utilizing yoga and meditation as part of her own healing following a miscarriage, she is committed to teaching others the healing capacities of mind-body work for pregnancy and loss.
Sally Handy is a certified birth doula (DONA) and trained at Birthwise Midwifery School as a midwifery assistant. She holds an M.Ed from Lesley University and felt called to do birth work long after her own two children were grown. Faced with her own discomfort and fear around death, Sally became deeply interested in exploring best practices for supporting the psychological, emotional and spiritual health of families who experience perinatal loss. She is honored to be partnering with The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death to teach this powerful and transformative work. Sally lives in Southern Maine with her family, her dog, some chickens, and bees.
Asheville, North Carolina
Chama is a fun-loving mother of two who has been attending births as a birth doula since 1999 and teaching childbirth education classes since 2002. Chama is a Lamaze Childbirth Educator, a trainer for the NC Perinatal Association Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program, a certified DONA Birth Doula, and a DONA International Birth Doula trainer. She is the owner of Homegrown Babies, and also the owner of Homegrown Families Health and Education Center, an integrative health center in Asheville, NC. Over the past 19 years, Chama has attended over 400 births and has taught over 5,000 families. She has been supporting and inspiring families to find what they need to feel safe and strong through pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and into parenthood. Chama’s passion is education, social justice, and advocacy. She currently works to address the maternal and infant health disparities by building equity and professional development in under resourced communities.
Dani is a Homebirth Midwife, Home Funeral Educator, Homesteader, and Community Builder. As an energetic public speaker, Dani easefully connects with groups to deepen awareness of what is most needed during times of loss. She is passionate about helping families through the challenging transitions of birth and death. Her work is to help grow strong communities by supporting folks to be there for each other during vulnerable transitions. Dani serves on the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance developing programs to ensure that people everywhere know their rights when it comes to after death care. Through her work with the NHFA, Dani has gained a strong knowledge of the laws around the country and is eager to help communities understand how to guarantee families experiencing loss have access to satisfying experiences of grief.
Joanne Zerdy, PhD
Asheville, North Carolina
A former university professor in theatre arts, Joanne brings her experience as an educator, researcher, and grieving parent to her work at Inviting Abundance (invitingabundance.net). Through workshops, classes, community events, individual consultations, and their To Grieve podcast series, Joanne and her husband, Will Daddario, explore the many forms a creative grief practice can take. Their work aims to increase grief literacy and strengthen individual and communal empathy. As part of her personal grief work since the death of her baby boy Finlay, Joanne studies permaculture design and herbal medicine and makes herbal honeys and tea blends that she sells through Finlay’s Garden (etsy.com/shop/finlaysgarden).
Brooklyn, New York
Jae Carey trained with New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, and worked as a hospice volunteer and vigil attendant for the imminently dying with Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Interested in social justice, Jae also founded an award-winning doula program for women incarcerated on Rikers Island. She received her full-spectrum doula training with Ancient Song Doula Services, and then went on to become certified with Stillbirthday and The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death, as a Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Teacher. Jae was adopted and grew up in Oregon. She now lives in Brooklyn with her son.