Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Trainings, offered both online and in-person, compassionately and wisely prepare participants to more confidently and clearly hold space for one of life’s most painful and devastating losses.


Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss
In-Person & Online Trainings

June 2022

June 25 ~ 9am – 3pm
This in-person training is taught by Abby Jorgensen, PhD and is designed especially for Catholics. (Open to all).
It will be held at Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend, IN.
Learn more here.



Abby Jorgensen is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame, a birth and bereavement doula, and a teacher. As a researcher, Abby studies how family transitions affect the way individuals view themselves and their societies. In her dissertation, she examines the ways that the work of motherhood that occurs before birth informs women’s self-concepts and relationships with government. Some of her other work focuses on explaining the connection of religious and feminist identities in weddings, evaluating governmental impacts on child mortality rates, and advocating for research methodologies that are appropriate, healthy, and beautiful. In addition to her research work as a lifelong learner, Abby is also an award-winning teacher of undergraduates, graduate students, birth workers, and expecting parents as professor and educator.  Abby is a birth and bereavement doula in South Bend, Indiana, USA. In addition to serving private clients, she also works closely with her local Family Resource Center in providing events and classes and with The Mother Well in providing community groups for parents experiencing pregnancy, postpartum, and bereavement. Abby’s professional roles all revolve around the desire to companion parents through tender moments of transition and she companions them as they move through those moments. Abby lives in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband, their daughter, two dogs, a cat, and five chickens. Learn more here.

*The above offerings are distinct from the 15-hour, self-guided, pre-recorded Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss online course. Learn more about that course here.

* Birth Arts International offers 5 CEUs to members who successfully complete both the in-person and online Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training.