Pregnancy Loss

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings are specifically geared for birth/postpartum doulas, bereavement doulas, therapists, midwives, ministers, OBs, prenatal yoga teachers, bereaved parent activists, and end-of-life care professionals. However, all are welcome.


Registration for the online, self-paced, recorded, 15-hour Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training is ongoing.

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Registration for the Advanced Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss self-guided, 5-hour training is also ongoing

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Registration for 5-hour in-person Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings are open based upon training availability.

In-person trainings are taught by both Institute founder, Amy Wright Glenn, as well as inspiring/skillful Institute teachers who have completed a rigorous 55-hour training. Institute teachers combine their knowledge of Amy’s work with their own background as educators, doulas, midwives, mental health professionals, and healers.

All Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss teachers compassionately and wisely prepare participants to more confidently and clearly hold space for one of life’s most painful and devastating losses. While the majority of the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings are now being taught by Institute teachers, Amy is also available to teach Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings, albeit primarily “in house” with midwifery colleges, hospitals, and conferences.

Amy has trained over 700 birth and mental health professionals in this work.


Here are links to articles Amy has written on this topic:

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss: 3 components for doulas to consider 

Poems that honor the postpartum body following loss

When the baby dies: Advice for birth doulas who companion the bereaved

Unconditional Support: A day in the life of an abortion doula

On gratitude and grief: Mother donates 92 gallons of breast milk following pregnancy loss 

Miscarriage matters: In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month 

Giving birth to life and death 

Doula for the dying: Connecting birth and death 


Contact Amy to schedule an in-person training in your area.

Student midwives at Birthwise Midwifery School value and appreciate Amy’s grounding and open presence, her wealth of knowledge, and the care and safety with which she holds space for conversations around pregnancy loss.  We in the Academic Department are honored to welcome here as an elective instructor, and we see the deep value of her heart-offering to our classes of future midwives.  I encourage you to study with Amy whenever you have the chance!
~Abby Hall Luca, MA, CPM, NHCM, Academic Dean of Faculty at Birthwise Midwifery School


Amy’s training is fantastic, and many of our conference attendees said it was their favorite part of their experience!  She approaches these difficult and emotional topics with amazing grace and confidence.  Amy’s teaching style is so engaging, and she steadfastly guided us on such a beautiful journey over the short course of time we had with her (and we all wished we had more!). 

~Margo Blackstone, Indie Birth Association


(Birth Arts International offers 5 CEUs to members who successfully complete both the in-person and online training. Many DONA certified doulas who attend Institute-sponsored in-person trainings have successfully received 5 CEU recertification hours under the Alternative B-1 category. Contact Amy for more information about CEUs.)