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.

Upcoming Webinars

December Institute Webinar
Open to all via donation

Holding Space for Grief
Interview with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, author of “Bearing the Unbearable”

Tuesday, December 22nd
12pm EST

Joanne Cacciatore, PhD is the founder of the MISS Foundation, supporting families following the death of children at any age and by any cause. Cacciatore is associate professor at Arizona State University and director of the ASU’s Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement program. She is the author of the highly acclaimed “Bearing the Unbearable ~ Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief.” Cacciatore is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest and founder of the Selah Care Farm in Arizona. All donations gathered through this interview will be given to the Selah Care Farm.


To fully inhabit grief is to hold the contradictions of the great mystery that loss shatters us and we become whole… We know the darkest of all nights and in so doing can bring the light of our loved ones into the world. We are the paradox. We are the bearers of the unbearable.

~ Dr. Joanne Cacciatore


Final Circle of Care Webinar

End of Year Reflections + Blessings for 2021
with Amy Wright Glenn

December 27th 3pm EST
(click here to join live)


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