We need to address death and dying more mindfully.
We need to address birth and birthing more mindfully.
Institute members make important theoretical, personal, and professional connections between the work of holding space for birth, breath, and death. All involved in the work of caring for the birthing, dying, and nurturing mindful and compassionate living are most welcome to join.
*The scholarship rate of $30 USD is available. Contact Amy for more info.
Lifetime Institute Membership
~Open to All~
I came to birth work through (what I thought) was an unusual route– I was, and am, a vigil volunteer for a local hospice. Over the last year and a half, I’ve struggled at times to find language to explain how I see those roles as being interconnected. I often hear from people something along the lines of, ‘Wow, two extreme ends of the spectrum!’ but that has never felt accurate to me; the work of the Institute has helped me articulate for myself, and hopefully for others in the future, the nature and beauty of working in these liminal spaces, the thresholds and transitions.
July Institute Webinar
“Examining Whiteness: Cultivating Action and Accountability for White Activists”
Friday, July 24th
Aimée Brill is the co-founder and co-director of Village Birth International, a community-based nonprofit grounded in liberatory models of reproductive justice, equity, and care. She has been practicing as a perinatal health professional providing local, national, and international advocacy, consultancy, mentorship, doula trainings, and education since 2003. Aimée facilitates workshops and provides consulting services for organizations and institutions committed to examining whiteness and implementing equitable models into their frameworks and partnerships. Since 2006, she has worked closely with VBI co-founder and senior Ugandan midwife, Florence Ochitti to develop and implement a Ugandan-led mobile midwifery clinic which offers midwifery care and services to communities in northern Uganda. In 2011, along with her partner, Asteir Bey, VBI developed a community-based doula program in Syracuse, New York which centers and uplifts Black families and birthing rights within the Black and refugee community. Last year, she co-authored and collaborated with Ancient Song Doula Services and Every Mother Counts, on a paper entitled: Advancing Birth Justice: Community-Based Doula Models of Care for Ending Racial Disparities which centers the vital role that community-based doula models need to have in order to ensure equity in advocating for human rights in childbirth, as well as Medicaid reimbursement. Recently, during COVID-19 and in response to long overdue silence and complicity within the white birth community, she put a call out for Our White Work, an organizing alliance for white birth workers to take action and accountability against racial injustice and white supremacy. She has a love for liberation and for cultivation both with people and plants and lives with her partner and three children, two cats, and their new pandemic puppy, in western NJ. Learn more here.
Monthly Institute webinars are free for members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. All members are given access recordings.
Read more about membership benefits below.
Individuals benefit from Institute membership in three ways:
Access to monthly webinars
Access to a member-only Facebook group
50% off of one-on-one consultations with Institute founder, Amy Wright Glenn
We need to live with more breath and heart awareness as we journey through life — more mindfully. By bringing together those involved in holding space for life’s sacred threshold points, and welcoming members of all faiths and spiritual traditions, the Institute provides members with a nurturing and important professional and spiritual home.
Individuals who join as members benefit from the support of an online community as well as open access to monthly webinars. Every month, Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn interviews innovative and inspiring leaders involved in the field of conscious birthing, living, and dying. For example, co-founder and executive director of INELDA Henry Fersko-Weiss, author and midwife Patrica Harman as well death doula trainer and founder of Doorway into Light, Bodhi Be.
Examples of past webinar titles include:
- Holding space for grief in an age of climate change
- Mindful speech in times of conflict
- Nurturing gratitude
- Making meaning of infertility
- Planning your vigil
- How to nurture a meditation practice?
- Reflections on miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss
- How does social media impact our understanding of birth?
Members also have access to a Facebook member-only group wherein conversations between care givers, teachers, and birth/death professionals yield meaningful and important connections.
Additionally, Institute members benefit from receiving fifty percent off of one-on-one consultations with Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn. Consultations can be dedicated to supporting a member’s response to Covid-19, deepening one’s meditation practice, focusing upon grief work, or spiritual/vocational discernment.
Do you hold space for birth?
Do you hold space for death?
And what about mindful living?
How do you approach and appreciate the precious impermanence of each breath?
Standing with an open heart in the presence of birth is very much like standing with an open heart in the presence of death.
~ Amy Wright Glenn in Doula for the Dying