Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss


All are welcome to join Amy Wright Glenn for a revised version of her 15-hour Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss February 2019 training.

This updated 15-hour Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss March 2023 training is open to all and is presented live and online.

*Institute members receive 50% off of their tuition. Enter the membership code upon check out. All are welcome to join the Institute for lifelong membership


This March, join Amy Wright Glenn for a new, revised, online, and
live presentation of the 15-hour Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training.

March 4, 11, 25 & April 1 & 8
2-4pm EST

**There is a 5-hour version of this course that is also available taught by Institute teachers.
Learn more here

The February 2019 self-guided training has been viewed by birth workers, doulas, midwives, chaplains, and bereaved parents. It has helped shift the paradigm of our collective understanding of grief, pregnancy loss, and ritual. Yet, it is 4-years-old.

Now it is time to update the training.

The forthcoming 15-hour March 2023 training will be newly revised with regard to updated research relating to pregnancy loss, grief work, and it will more intentionally center the stories of BIPOC and LGBTQ bereaved parents. This training consists of five 2-hour modules of study. Reading, writing, and personal reflection are central to preparing for each of the five modules. All modules will be recorded for participants.


All participants are required to read select portions of the following three books:

1. Holding Space — On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn

2. Ghostbelly by Elizabeth Heineman

3. What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color edited by Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang



Please purchase these books, or have your local public library acquire them for you, prior to the beginning of our course. 

There are three components to our study:

1. An introduction to Holding Space and 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 parents.

3. A cross-cultural understanding of the healing power of ritual found in both religious and secular settings.


Certificates of Completion issued by the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death are offered for all who complete the training/workshop. 




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


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


“OMG Amy Glenn’s course about loss is a MUST do. Amy did such a masterful job helping us understand grief within the context of the masculine feminine, as well as providing specific practices and words we can say to help us be there fully for anyone going through loss.”
~ Jessica Jennings, MS, ERYT, RYPT, the Ma Collective – www.MaYoga.com


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