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.

August Institute Webinar
P.L.A.Y through pain
with Dr. Yolanda Fountain Hardy

Saturday, August 7th 2pm EST


Yolanda Fountain Hardy, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, ACS, NCC is a national board-certified professional counselor, play therapy supervisor, sand therapy specialist, Certified Brainspotting Practitioner, Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider, Combined Parent-Child CBT provider, and emerging yoga practitioner. Dr. Fountain is the owner of Play Wellness LLC in Roswell, Georgia, a private practice that provides intergenerational mental health care as well as supervision and training services for clinical professionals. She also founded the Child Loss Center Inc., a non-profit that provides health and education services to assist grieving parents and families recovering from infertility, pregnancy, infant, and child loss. Dr. Fountain has provided mental health services to children, adults, and families since 2006, has presented over 150 times locally and internationally, has clinically supervised over 125 mental health professionals, and has taught master’s and doctoral level courses at multiple universities in-person and virtually since 2011. Learn more here.

Institute webinars are open to Institute Members only
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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