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. Committed to gender, economic, and racial equity/inclusion, the Institute frequently offers BIPOC scholarships and no-interest payment plans. We lift up the voices of female leaders in particular as this is a woman-led organization, proudly.

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.

May Institute Webinar

Interview with Faisal Alhamdan, MA

Sunday, May 16th 3pm EST


Join Amy Wright Glenn for a fascinating interview with Faisal Alhamdan, MA Mental Health Counseling.

We will discuss:
Hope & the dynamics of instilling hope
Rituals and their application in modern life
His understanding of birth, breath, and death in Islam

Faisal Alhamdan, MA received a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University in 2013. He writes: “I do believe that we are connected in many ways and that we do affect each other in direct and indirect ways. I am interested in how people affect each other. How the presence or absence of relationships cause us to morph and shape perpetually. I do believe in the power of ritual and the cyclical nature of order. My clinical experience honed my theoretical knowledge to be sensitive to individual needs. I meet my clients wherever they might be emotionally.”
Learn more about Faisal Alhamdan’s work.



Wishing all Institute Muslim members and friends a Ramadan Kareem 



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Institute founder, Amy Wright Glenn ~ and her son Taber ~ invite you to join them meditation.

May we all be safe and healthy as we safely navigate work, parenting, life in the age of Covid-19.
May we always continue to nourish our spiritual/mindfulness practices.


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

Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn teaching
at the International Death Doula Training in Maui, Hawaii ~ Spring 2019