A Home for All who Hold Space for the Sacred Thresholds of Birth, Breath, and Death

The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death is an inspiring and nurturing professional organization dedicated to furthering the development and professional skill set of those called to hold space for mindful birthing, living, and dying.

Founded in 2015 by Amy Wright Glenn, the Institute was created to bring those drawn to the caring professions of birth and death work together with professionals dedicated to teaching mindfulness based living skills.

The Institute is a pioneering force offering monthly webinars on themes relating to compassionately holding space for birth, breath, and death as well as providing quality in-person and online trainings/workshops for the heartfelt engagement with these topics.

Join Amy for the January 2020 Institute Webinar

Interview with Cici Lotf

Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate
Mindfulness Scholar & Facilitator
Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

Sunday, January 19th 6-7pm (Eastern)

We begin the new year, and new decade, with a powerful and insightful interview on the use of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy with PhD candidate Cici Lotf. Originally from Iran, Cici has been drawn to the paths of healing, art, mindfulness, and psychology from an early age. Intuitive, wise, and research-based, Cici will share key insights drawn from the cutting edge of mindfulness based research on the use of psilocybin in clinical settings. How is the use of psychedelics beneficial to the study of healing, trauma, resilience, and well being? How can this research benefit clinical psychologists going forward? This is a webinar not to miss. Stay tuned for the date/time to be announced and consider reading this article as you prepare for our conversation with Cici.

This webinar is free for members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Learn more about membership here. Members who can’t join live will be given access the recording.


September 2019’s Institute Webinar is open to all.


Every year, Amy opens one Institute webinar to the public. Usually, monthly webinars are created for, and viewed by, Institute members. However, in September 2019, Amy interviewed Cara Belvin, the founder of empowerHER and Amy chose to lift up their conversation and open access to all.

Cara Belvin founded empowerHER in 2013, inspired by her own experience of grieving the loss of her mother who died of breast cancer when Cara was 9-years-old.  Her work to empower young girls who have also lost their mothers has been featured on many media outlets including Parents magazine, PBS, and the Boston Globe.

How can we best support bereaved children? How does an organization like empowerHER help transform our the discourse around death and dying in our culture? How can one become involved with local chapters of empowerHER?

Learn more about empowerHER


“Today, wise and creative cultural pioneers lead a burgeoning movement in applying key elements of the birth doula model to train people to companion each other in death. Given that our experience of death has become so institutionalized and medicalized, applying the doula model of care to death and dying represents a sane and needed grounding in the wisdom of compassion, companioning and proven comfort measures.”

~Amy Wright Glenn, writing for PhillyVoice