Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss

~ Five hour, Live Trainings ~
both online and in-person

Live in-person or online Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Trainings are taught by inspiring/skillful Institute teachers and Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn. Institute teachers compassionately and wisely prepare participants to more confidently and clearly hold space for one of life’s most painful and devastating losses.

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

For doulas seeking CEUs ~ please note: Birth Arts International offers 5 CEUs to members who successfully complete both the in-person and online training. DONA International has approved the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training for 5 CEU hours when it is offered in person (not online) through their Alternate-B category. 

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss
5-hour Online Workshop
$90 USD
*Scholarships available

Participants register individually with the teacher that is teaching their chosen workshop based upon the calendar below. Currently, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the course is taught online only by Institute teachers in accordance to the calendar listed below.

August 2021

August 11 & 18 ~ Join Institute teacher Joanne Zerdy, for a 5-hour, online Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training. The five-hour training will be split into two sections. 10am-12:30pm EST.
To register, contact Joanne: grow@invitingabundance.net




Dani LaVoire is a Homebirth Midwife, Home Funeral Educator, Homesteader, and Community Builder. As an energetic public speaker, Dani easefully connects with groups to deepen awareness of what is most needed during times of loss. She is passionate about helping families through the challenging transitions of birth and death. Her work is to help grow strong communities by supporting folks to be there for each other during vulnerable transitions. Dani serves on the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance developing programs to ensure that people everywhere know their rights when it comes to after death care. Through her work with the NHFA, Dani has gained a strong knowledge of the laws around the country and is eager to help communities understand how to guarantee families experiencing loss have access to satisfying experiences of grief. danijoelle@yahoo.com

Camille Hawkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice specializing in Reproductive & Perinatal Mental Health. She began her career on the OB floor where she supported families in times of miscarriage, stillbirth, placing for adoption, and infant death. After a personal struggle with infertility and miscarriage, Camille founded the Utah Infertility Resource Center, a nonprofit organization which provides emotional support and education to thousands of families wishing and struggling to grow. In addition to supporting clients through professional counseling, Camille has spent years volunteering for local grief support organizations such as The Sharing Place and Share Parents of Utah. She is actively involved in research, advocacy endeavors, and serves on a number of community boards. Camille enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters who joined their family through open adoption. She became a teacher for The Institute in honor of her daughter, Everly, who came from a surprise pregnancy after nine years of infertility, and died in utero at 31 weeks gestation. camillehawkinscounseling@gmail.com

Dawn Welburn is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, a clinical/intuitive massage therapist, a full-spectrum doula, and a creatrix of jewelry, poetry, and art. She has recently relocated to Austin, Texas to pursue graduate studies at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Through The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death, Dawn is a certified teacher of the courses Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss, and Loving, Dying, & Letting Go, as well as a certified facilitator of Pregnancy Loss Support Groups. Dawn lives a seeker’s journey that involves reawakening, rediscovering, and reconnecting to herself and the world. Helping others during their own self-discovery, holding space for each individual wherever they are right now, with all of the tools she is learning along her own path, is her Ministry and Service. Learn more. 

Emily Gold holds a Masters of Public Health and is a Doula and Yoga Therapist. She has worked in the field of maternal and women’s health for over a decades in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. As a doula Emily has supported family through births as well as the loss of pregnancies. As a Yoga Therapist Emily works with clients on a variety of women’s health issues, including prenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression, birth trauma and fertility issues. Since utilizing yoga and meditation as part of her own healing following a miscarriage, she is committed to teaching others the healing capacities of mind-body work for pregnancy and loss. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Spiritual Mind Body Psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College and plans on incorporating this education into her current work.

Joanne Zerdy, PhD is a former university professor in theatre arts, Joanne brings her experience as an educator, researcher, and grieving parent to her work at Inviting Abundance, co-created by Joanne and her husband Will Daddario (Listen to their Circle of Care webinar HERE).  In addition to teaching Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings, Joanne facilitates an online Grief Mapping course, a Grief Pen Pal Project, and Creative Grief Workshops. She also utilizes her communication, writing, editing, and curriculum-design skills as an education consultant. As part of her personal grief work since the death of her baby boy Finlay, Joanne studies permaculture design and herbal medicine; she makes herb-infused honeys and herbal tea blends for Finlay’s Garden. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with Finlay’s younger brothers, Phalen and Ren, and, when time allows, drinking a quiet cup of tea.  grow@invitingabundance.net




Jae Carey trained with New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, and worked as a hospice volunteer and vigil attendant for the imminently dying with Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Interested in social justice, Jae also founded an award-winning doula program for women incarcerated on Rikers Island. She received her full-spectrum doula training with Ancient Song Doula Services, and then went on to become certified with Stillbirthday and The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death, as a Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Teacher. Jae was adopted and grew up in Oregon. She now lives in Brooklyn with her son. greenwood.doula@gmail.com