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.
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.
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 together as a family.
Webinar access open to all:
Heart energy is good company for our fears.
~ Dr. Laura Markham
If you find this webinar helpful, consider joining the Institute as a lifelong member as well as the Holding Space + Covid-19 Circle of Care wherein access to webinars like this are regularly available.
Holding Space + Covid-19 Circle of Care
A view from NYC: What does birth look like during this pandemic?
Friday, April 3rd
Interview with Naima Beckles
Naima Beckles is the co-founder and director of For Your Birth, a NYC-based center supporting birthing and breastfeeding families. For Your Birth offers private classes and workshops to families in NYC and New Jersey. Beckles is a birth and postpartum doula, a Lamaze International childbirth educator, and a certified breast-feeding counselor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in secondary education and teaching from Loyola Marymount University. She taught middle school for 8-years before transitioning into birth work following the birth of her sons. Beckles has advanced training in home and water births, cesarean births, supporting clients who had in vitro fertilization as well as prior pregnancy loss.
March Institute Webinar
Interview with Michelle Acciavatti
“More than a Funeral Director: Mediating Grief during COVID-19”
Tuesday, March 31st 2020
Michelle Acciavatti is a funeral director and End of Life Specialist living in central Vermont. She is passionate about discovering the role a funeral director can play in building community resources for people facing the end of life.
Michelle has trained as a funeral director, advance care planner, end of life doula, home funeral guide, green burial advocate, neuroscientist, and ethicist. She has practiced death work with people of all ages, including those dealing with death during pregnancy, as well as with community organizations and institutions. Her work has found her in settings as varied as Boston Children’s Hospital, people’s own homes, and now the funeral home. She founded Ending Well, is a founding member of The Collective for Radical Death studies, is a co-founder of Green Burial Vermont, and is a subject matter expert and educator for numerous end of life and green burial training programs and organizations.
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.