Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss ~ Orchid Nest Training


This is the finest continuing education class I have ever taken. I learned so much about the topic, about myself, and my story as the mother of an infant who died at nine-days-old.  Amy has a lovely manner of teaching. She is able to gently approach a very tough topic and make it so palatable.  I can truly say I think I now know how to hold space in a way that I never knew before. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
~ Linda Reilly Blue, birth doula, Connecticut

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss
5~hour training with Amy Wright Glenn & Ilonka Michelle O’Neil, RN

The Orchid Nest
Delray Beach, Florida

Saturday, February 22nd 2020


“Silent, unprocessed grief from previous pregnancy loss can deeply impact the trajectory of a mother’s future pregnancy and childbirth experiences,” writes Amy Wright Glenn in Miscarriage Matters for the PhillyVoice. It’s true. Yet, how can care providers best hold space for this grief? What practical skill sets exist to guide those called to serve bereaved parents and families devastated by pregnancy loss?

This 5-hour workshop is designed to benefit midwives, obstetricians, doulas, nurses, prenatal yoga teachers, hospital chaplains, ministers, therapists, and pastoral care providers who support women and their families through pregnancy loss.  One need not be employed in any of these fields to participate – the training is open to all.

Amy and Ilonka will guide participants through a heartfelt analysis of three key components central to holding space for grieving mothers and their families.

These components are:

  1. An introduction to the companioning model of care outlined by Alan Wolfelt, Founder and Director of the Center for Loss & Life Transition.
  2. An exploration of best care practices with regard to the various support networks surrounding bereaved mothers.
  3. A cross-cultural understanding of the healing power of ritual found in both religious and secular settings.



“This book is like a superhero, showing us how to run bravely toward the darkness and come out the other side as a human being. Amy deserves not just praise for writing in gorgeous, clear prose, but deep thanks for creating a gentle guide we all need for that one thing no one escapes: death.”—Tina Cassidy, Birth  

All participants are asked to prepare for this 5-hour training by reading Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn.

PDF certificates of completion are available to all who successfully complete this training. Nursing CE hours and CEUs for doulas are also available. 

Contact the Orchid Nest to register. 




This training is co-hosted by the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death and The Orchid Nest.


Signed copies of Amy Wright Glenn’s book, “Birth, Breath, and Death — Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula” will be available for purchase for $10.




Lake Worth, Florida

Ilonka is an RN, and holds a BSN with a background in mother/baby nursing. She is a writer, a trauma informed yoga teacher, a wife, and the mother of two teens. Her first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. She has been a member of The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death since 2015. Her work can be found here.