Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss


$300.00 $50.00

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.


In Honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, this course if $50 for the month of October.
Open to all.


October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month

Recently, the sad news of the loss of Chrissy Teigan and John Legend’s little one brings tears.

Their heartache, heart-numbing sorrow ~ their “darkest of days” as Chrissy describes their miscarriage ~ remind us to lift pregnancy and infant loss out of the shadows.

As a mother who has known early miscarriages, I remember the blood, the sadness, and the deep breath of letting go of so much hope.

As a scholar who studies birth, breath, and death, I know that pregnancy and infant loss is a type of grief too often relegated to the shadows, too often unspoken, too often hidden.

October honors such devastating sorrow. It helps bring these stories to light.

I am so grateful that Chrissy and John decided to share aspects of their grief. In honor of their sorrow, in honor of my sorrow, in honor of all sorrow found in the hearts of those who have deeply loved and lost a little one…

I offer up the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss course to all for $50 for the month of October.

For the next 30 days, this 15-hour, self-guided course ~ which has been taken by over 900 birth and mental health professionals ~ is available to all for $50 USD.

(It is usually priced at $300)

Register today.

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


This training is so powerful and eye opening. Amy covers so many different topics, that I would not have known before this! Everything from different religious rituals, types of pregnancy/infant loss, and how to hold space for those families. She has done a wonderful job putting together this certification. I will highly recommend this training for anyone that works with families before, during, or after birth. I can’t think of a single thing that I would change about it! I often forgot I was listening to a recording! 
~Tiffany Bernstien PCD (DONA)

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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. While earning a certificate of completion for this training is optional ~ participants who plan to do so are given 3-months to complete the training once their registration is confirmed. 

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.

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.  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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

More articles Amy has written on pregnancy loss:

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 



(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.

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.)

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