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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June 18, 2019


Co-sleeping: Celebrating families that share a bed

This article openly and unabashedly celebrates the humor, wisdom and warm heartedness of co-sleeping parents. I write to lift up co-sleeping success stories. I write to share the wisdom of fathers and mothers who co-sleep – in their own words.

March 25, 2019


Child abuse is 40 times more likely when single parents find new partners

About 20-25 percent of children of divorce – and later, remarriage – will struggle academically, behaviorally and socially. That's twice as likely as children of first-marriage families, according to a range of research.

February 20, 2019

Children's Health

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

I stand in the middle – the uncomfortable middle. I’m condemned as “anti-vaccine” by those who support mandatory laws removing vaccine exemptions, minus those that are medical. Those who believe I fail to understand the ugly truth about the vaccine industry dismiss my work as “pro-vaccine.”

January 21, 2019

Women's Health

'Unconditional support': A day in the life of an abortion doula

So what does a day-in-the-life of an abortion doula look like? And how and why did this adaptation of the doula role unfold? One "full-spectrum" doula explains.

December 18, 2018


Here's to a Merry (blended) Christmas

Picture co-parents sharing a holiday meal, and most importantly the holiday spirit, together with their children. Yes, their partnership or marriage may have ended. But their parting didn’t harden hearts or obscure their capacity to share space together.

December 14, 2018


Intuition is parents' greatest tool to fight child sexual abuse – and many won't use it

One of the worst fears a parent has for a child, outside of the death of her or his child, is sexual abuse. Despite this, following the guidance of one’s intuition on this point isn’t easy.

November 17, 2018


Volunteering as a family: 3 ways to inspire your children this holiday season and beyond

With the holidays nearly upon us, how can we instill good volunteering skills in our children so they can carry a service-oriented, civic-minded approach to their lives long after they leave our homes? A father’s example can lead the way.

September 20, 2018


One and done: Reflections on single parenting an 'only' child

Upon meeting new families, moms with kids, or friendly cashiers – inevitably, the questions come. “Is he your only one?”

August 27, 2018

Mental Health

Yoga for anxiety: Even 10 minutes of daily practice can help transform your life

Unplug for a spell and move mindfully, breathe consciously. Try to pick a routine – a time each day that is your “yoga time.”

July 21, 2018

Women's Health

Holding space for pregnancy loss: 3 components for doulas to consider

Birth workers from all backgrounds best serve birthing mothers when we are more fully equipped to support families through death and bereavement.

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