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.
Holding Space + Covid-19 Circle of Care
Webinars open to all ~ Donations Welcome
“Covid-19, Immigrants in detention, and Human Rights”
Friday, July 10th
Allegra Love earned her BA from Dartmouth College, a JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and is a licensed teacher and lawyer in the state of New Mexico. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Allegra taught public school for 4 years before going to law school and founding the Santa Fe Dreamer organization. She is passionate about ending the detention of immigrants and defending the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers. Learn more here.
June Institute Webinar
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July Institute Webinar
“Examining Whiteness: Cultivating Action and Accountability for White Activists”
Friday, July 24th
Aimée Brill is the co-founder and co-director of Village Birth International, a community-based nonprofit grounded in liberatory models of reproductive justice, equity, and care. She has been practicing as a perinatal health professional providing local, national, and international advocacy, consultancy, mentorship, doula trainings, and education since 2003. Aimée facilitates workshops and provides consulting services for organizations and institutions committed to examining whiteness and implementing equitable models into their frameworks and partnerships. Since 2006, she has worked closely with VBI co-founder and senior Ugandan midwife, Florence Ochitti to develop and implement a Ugandan-led mobile midwifery clinic which offers midwifery care and services to communities in northern Uganda. In 2011, along with her partner, Asteir Bey, VBI developed a community-based doula program in Syracuse, New York which centers and uplifts Black families and birthing rights within the Black and refugee community. Last year, she co-authored and collaborated with Ancient Song Doula Services and Every Mother Counts, on a paper entitled: Advancing Birth Justice: Community-Based Doula Models of Care for Ending Racial Disparities which centers the vital role that community-based doula models need to have in order to ensure equity in advocating for human rights in childbirth, as well as Medicaid reimbursement. Recently, during COVID-19 and in response to long overdue silence and complicity within the white birth community, she put a call out for Our White Work, an organizing alliance for white birth workers to take action and accountability against racial injustice and white supremacy. She has a love for liberation and for cultivation both with people and plants and lives with her partner and three children, two cats, and their new pandemic puppy, in western NJ. Learn more here.
Institute founder, Amy Wright Glenn ~ and her son Taber ~ invite you to join them meditation.
May we all be safe and healthy as we find sanctuary-at-home and 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.