Amy Wright Glenn

Amy Wright Glenn

Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught for 11 years in the Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey earning the Dunbar Abston Jr. Chair for Teaching Excellence.  She is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Trainer, (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 author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula and Holding Space -- On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go

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January 18, 2018


Dating for the first time as a single parent: Five helpful do’s and don’ts

So, you are single. You are a parent. And you’re thinking of dating for the first time since becoming a single parent. Be ready.

December 20, 2017


The case for slowing down this Christmas

According to legend, one December night in 1816, a young Austrian Roman Catholic priest named Joseph Mohr went walking alone along the paths connecting his rectory to his grandfather’s home nearby. It was quiet. It was still. It was nearly Christmas.

December 18, 2017

Star Wars

Three lessons on love in 'The Last Jedi'

I write about Episode VIII: The Last Jedi as a scholar of comparative religion, a hospital chaplain, and a birth doula.

November 28, 2017


'No secret' families help protect children from sexual abuse

I remember the day I told my mom about Dani. We stood in our family kitchen in American Fork, Utah.

October 13, 2017


'Holding space for death': an excerpt

The following is an excerpt from Amy Wright Glenn’s new book Holding Space – On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go, published by Parallax Press and now available for pre-order. “Holding Space” will be in bookstores this November.

September 27, 2017


Stop spanking your child: The case for ending legal forms of corporal punishment

It is irrational (and wrong) to knowingly engage in forms of discipline that increase a child’s risk of anti-social/criminal behavior, anxiety and/or depression.

August 10, 2017


How to move away from shame-based parenting

OK. I get it. Parenting is (really) hard sometimes.

July 21, 2017

Social Media

Birth is not porn: When Facebook bans images of a new documentary on birth

Photos and films depicting the wondrous, difficult, amazing, and heroic journey of a mother to open her body and bring forth life are to be honored and lifted up, not banned.

June 13, 2017


Affirming the value of truth for our children in an age of dishonest politics

In the actions we take, the words we speak, the thoughts we believe, we model to our children a way of being in this world, for good or ill.

May 23, 2017


So, you want to hire a death doula?

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.

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