Understanding World Religions for Birth and Death Doulas

The doula’s role can be powerfully strengthened and supported with a clear understanding of the basic tenets of five of our world’s religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A special emphasis will be placed upon the teachings of birth and death.


For over a decade, author, hospital chaplain, and birth/death doula Amy Wright Glenn taught in the Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. She was an award winning teacher and inspired her students to explore, understand, question, and come to respect the diversity of our world’s wisdom traditions.

Now, for the first time, Amy will combine her studies as a scholar of comparative religion with her work as a birth and death doula. Understanding World Religions for Birth and Death Doulas is open to all interested in the study of our world’s great wisdom traditions but it is particularly crafted with great love for, and dedication to, the transformative role birth and death doulas play in our society.

Understanding World Religions for Birth and Death Doulas

10-week, live, online study

Beginning Friday, August 30th


Webinars are presented live every Friday evenings ( 6-8pm Eastern) from August 30th through November 1st. Participants are welcome to join Amy live or listen to recordings provided. One need not participate live to complete the study and all are welcome to pace themselves through the material, setting individual deadlines for the completion of work with Amy as needed.

A 30-hour certificate of completion will be offered to all who listen to the 10 webinars, complete the required reading, and write a final essay.


Four hours of webinar time will be devoted to each of the five of the world’s wisdom traditions covered in this course. Together we will examine the following:

*Teachings and beliefs about the origin of the world, creation myths, and rituals around birth.

*A clear understanding regarding the purpose of life according to each traditions with an emphasis on holy texts and sacred ritual.

*The diversity of faith expression, including debates/disputes, within each tradition when it comes to questions of modernity, gender, and the interpretation of tradition.

*Teachings and beliefs regarding the end of the world, end-times myths, and rituals around death.

Participants are required to read Huston Smith’s The Illustrated World’s Religions as well as Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn.










All are welcome to participate in the launch of this new online study. Contact Amy for registration information.


Members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death, INELDA, NHFA, Quality of Life Care, Lifespan Doulas, and graduates of the Maui-based International Death Doula Training pay $200. Scholarships available. Note that 25% of each person’s tuition will be donated to the Doorway into Light Foundation for the express purpose of supporting their IPUKA fund ~ an innovative building project that will support conscious dying/burial in Maui for generations to come.


Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Amy is a (CD)DONA birth doula, hospital chaplain, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Amy is a regular contributor to PhillyVoice and is the author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula and Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go. Amy has over a decade experience teaching comparative religion and philosophy (with an emphasis on Hinduism and Islam) both on the college and independent high school level. Amy teaches both online and in-person Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings and Loving, Dying, and Letting Go Workshops. Many hundreds of birth and mental health professionals have taken her workshops and trainings. Read through their testimonials here.