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, 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 high quality in-person and online trainings/workshops for the heartfelt engagement with these topics.

May Institute Webinar

Surviving to Thriving After Breast Cancer:
How Turning Adversity Into Strength Creates a Transformational Roadmap
with Anne Crook, founder of Integrative Radiance

Wednesday, May 25th
5-6pm EST


Anne Ferrier Crook ~ (she/her) holds a B.A. from American University in French Language and Western European Studies.  She is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, AADP, Holding Space Consultant, Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA), and Certified Medical Interpreter, CMI-Spanish.  She has worked in many facets of healthcare for the past 20 years with regard to holding space for life’s sacred thresholds.  Anne is passionate about supporting clients to heal and transform their body-mind-spirit from the inside out.  She taught nutritional healing and provided wellness consults to clients from all over the world at Onsite — a therapeutic retreat center world-renowned for healing trauma. She specializes in supporting clients to move out of “dis-ease” from post-traumatic stress into greater ease and emotional freedom.  She brings a compassionate presence and years of knowledge & expertise to clients as they explore the deeper meaning of “soul care” while courageously navigating life transitions.  Her writing has been featured in childbirth magazines, online publications, and a best-seller book called “Thresholds: 75 Stories of How Changing Your Perspective Can Change Your Life.”  Learn more.

Institute Webinars are open to Institute Members
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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


Holding Space does just that for each of us. In a clear, intimate voice, Amy Wright Glenn shares her own experience and wisdom and by doing so makes a space for her reader to develop the same. For anyone going through loss, this book will feel like a treasure. ~ Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love

I lost my son 10 years ago when he was 4 months old and Amy’s words felt like coming home. They affirmed everything that I have felt about life and death since in a world that doesn’t often make space for such grief and loss. It all resonated so deeply and helped me to see that I am ready to share this work with others and hold space for grief and loss. Thank you so much for the work that you are doing and for sharing your knowledge and experience. ~ Kirsty Pearson, birth doula, UK

This is a beautifully written book about the challenging practice of remaining present — holding non-reactive space — around emotions of grief, sorrow and loss. This practice is brought alive through many touching vignettes from the author’s life and work as a hospital chaplain and as a doula for the poignant transitions of birth and death. I recommend Holding Space highly, for hospice workers, religious and medical professionals, and for anyone facing personal loss. ~Jan Chozen Bays, author of Jizo Bodhisattva: Guardian of Children, Travelers & Other Voyagers

The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death is a registered LLC in North Carolina.