All are welcome.
Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings are specifically geared for birth/postpartum doulas, bereavement doulas, mental health professionals, midwives, religious/spiritual leaders, OBGYNs, prenatal yoga teachers, bereaved parent activists, and end-of-life care professionals.
Throughout the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, all Institute online courses are $100 USD ~ open to all.
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
With her profound compassion and intellect, Amy takes one of the most difficult subjects there is — death — and creates a safe space to deeply explore and learn. Her skills as a teacher, chaplain and doula beautifully synchronize for a comprehensive interactive training that I encourage ALL birth professionals to take. My professional life aside, I am a better human being after benefitting from the holistic ways Amy approached our study together.
~ Elizabeth Reiner, CPM and founder of Shifrah’s Sisters Holistic Birth Services
Over 900 birth and mental health professionals have taken this course, created by Amy Wright Glenn and launched in 2016.
This 15-hour, self-guided, online course has inspired the creation of 5-hour in-person trainings, an advanced 5-hour training, and Teacher Trainings for those interested in working with Amy to offer up this work to their communities.
Participants who register for this foundational 15-hour self paced, online experience will be guided through five 2-hour recorded modules of study. Reading, writing, and personal reflection are central to preparing for each of the five modules. There are two writing assignments integrated into this training.
All participants are required to read Holding Space — On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn and Ghostbelly by Elizabeth Heineman. To receive a certificate of completion, participants must view the provided recordings as well as successfully turn in both writing assignments.
Participants will study, come to understand, and apply the three central components of the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings to case studies and personal life experiences.
These components are:
*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. Holding Space and Companioning are responses to bereavement care that emphasize the need for mourners to be supported, listened to, and held in compassionate presence. Both of these models of care are centered upon a respect for the experience of grieving and challenge our culture’s death phobia as well as the common “fix it,” “return to normal,” “don’t talk about it,” attitude with regard to loss.
*An exploration of best care practices with regard to the various support networks surrounding bereaved parents. These care practices focus on strengthening circles of support found in family, employment, work, places of worship, and hospital/birth center settings.
*A cross-cultural understanding of the healing power of ritual found in both religious and secular settings. Participants will study how various world religions approach death/dying in terms of perinatal loss both in terms of theology and mourning practices. Emphasis is also placed upon the crafting of personal rituals both within and without traditional religious/spiritual frameworks.
To learn more about these three components of care, read Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss: 3 components for doulas to consider published in PhillyVoice.
Here are more articles Amy has written on pregnancy loss:
(Note: in-person Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings currently are on hold due to Covid-19)
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.
Contact Amy to schedule an in-person training in your area.
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.)