“Today, wise and creative cultural pioneers lead a burgeoning movement in applying key elements of the birth doula model to train people to companion each other in death. Given that our experience of death has become so institutionalized and medicalized, applying the doula model of care to death and dying represents a sane and needed grounding in the wisdom of compassion, companioning and proven comfort measures.”
~Amy Wright Glenn, writing for PhillyVoice
Founded in 2015 by Amy Wright Glenn, the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death was created to bring those drawn to the caring professions of birth and death work together with professionals dedicated to teaching mindfulness based living skills.
The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death is an inspiring and nurturing professional organization dedicated to furthering the development and professional skill set of those called to hold space for mindful birthing, living, and dying.
With over 100 members, the Institute is a pioneering force offering monthly webinars on themes relating to compassionately holding space for birth, breath, and death as well as providing space in social media for the heartfelt engagement with these topics.
As 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 Wright Glenn wisely weaves together scholarly research with the heartfelt telling of stories in crafting Institute offerings. In her writing for PhillyVoice, Amy often addresses topics such as pregnancy loss, the work of facing fear, cultural attitudes about birthing, and what it means to be a doula for the dying.
Partnering with the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), the Institute builds upon a powerful momentum in our culture seeking to bring more mindfulness and compassion to living, birthing, and dying.
There are many benefits to membership including significant discounts on trainings and courses offered through the Institute. Individuals who join as members benefit from the support of an online community as well as access to free webinars. For example, Amy interviews leaders involved in the field of conscious birthing, living, and dying. Co-founder and executive director of INELDA Henry Fersko-Weiss, author and midwife Patrica Harman as well as author and bereaved mother Dianna Vagianos Armentrout have been interviewed for Institute webinars.
We need to address death and dying more mindfully. We need to address birth and birthing more mindfully. 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.
*The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death proudly partners with a variety of organizations, lifting up the good work of: the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA).