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.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month

Recently, the sad news of the loss of Chrissy Teigan and John Legend’s little one brings tears.

Their heartache, heart-numbing sorrow ~ their “darkest of days” as Chrissy describes their miscarriage ~ remind us to lift pregnancy and infant loss out of the shadows.

As a mother who has known early miscarriages, I remember the blood, the sadness, and the deep breath of letting go of so much hope.

As a scholar who studies birth, breath, and death, I know that pregnancy and infant loss is a type of grief too often relegated to the shadows, too often unspoken, too often hidden.

October honors such devastating sorrow. It helps bring these stories to light.

I am so grateful that Chrissy and John decided to share aspects of their grief. In honor of their sorrow, in honor of my sorrow, in honor of all sorrow found in the hearts of those who have deeply loved and lost a little one…

I offer up the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss course to all for $50 for the month of October.

For the next 30 days, this 15-hour, self-guided course ~ which has been taken by over 900 birth and mental health professionals ~ is available to all for $50 USD.

(It is usually priced at $300)

Register today.

November Institute Webinar
Webinars open to Members ~ Join now



Holding Space + Covid-19 Circle of Care
Webinars open to all ~ Donations Welcome 




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