Amy Wright Glenn

Amy Wright Glenn

Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught for eleven 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 recently published her first book: Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula

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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.

May 10, 2017

Life Lessons

Facing fear: cultivating courage and discernment in life

I am a sophomore at Reed College when a handsome graduate student named Sam asks me out.

April 25, 2017


Defending a parent’s right to withhold vaccines when they want to

On one side, I have dear friends and colleagues who regard mandatory vaccination laws as a no-brainer.

March 27, 2017


On cultivating patience: conversations with my son

“Mama, will you dream of me when I’m at Julie’s?”

March 13, 2017


Take your child off the trophy shelf

“Hi everyone!” Jennifer loudly exclaims, smiling broadly.

February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day

'I made this one for you'

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and my 5-year-old son and his peers will exchange cards.

January 31, 2017


Dear OB: it's not your vagina – Part Two

“I had a nurse ‘check me’ in the intake area for my last delivery and it was absolutely excruciating! I was literally screaming and crying and she probed around for so long!

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