Birth Study Circle

The Birth Study Circle is an ongoing, live, monthly study circle open to all.

Tuition is 100% donation based.


As I hold the hands of women in labor, watch them open to the challenge and wonder of birth, and offer loving encouragement – my heart is full. Somehow that young girl in Utah found her way to this work. Somehow she found the strength to mentor another in crossing a threshold she once feared.
~Amy Wright Glenn, writing for PhillyVoice


Join Institute Teacher Naima Beckles, MA

Birth Study Circle
Meeting via Zoom on the last Wednesday of each month
4-5pm EST

To register
*Please note that Study Circles are not recorded.


What does it mean to give birth?
How is birth understood in contemporary society?
How is birth portrayed in the media, in our religious/spiritual/wisdom traditions?
How do you hold space for the birthing experience in your own heart?

Each month, Naima facilitates an hour long study circle drawing upon:

*Teachings on birth from the world’s wisdom traditions
*Historical and cultural birth practices
*News articles relating to birthing people
*Efforts to increase our intuitive and symbolic understanding of birth
*Personal stories/experience


All are welcome.


In giving birth to our babies,
we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.

~ Myla + Jon Kabat-Zinn



We honor the diversity of our lived experiences and
the ways that our intersectional identities inform our perspectives.

Naima Beckles holds an MA from Loyola Marymount University and taught middle and high school students in Los Angeles, DC, and New York City. Naima is an educator, doula and founding director of For Your Birth – an intentionally diverse doula agency. Soon after the birth of her first child, she chose the work of supporting expectant parents and earned certifications from Lamaze and DONA.  While training with Amy Glenn Wright in a pregnancy loss course, the desire to hold space for life’s big losses, including death, was sparked.  As a teacher, doula, and mother; Naima lovingly stands alongside individuals navigating difficulties and triumphs. Naima offers private consultations with individuals who are experiencing any kind of loss during this confusing and difficult time. Learn more.