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 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.

June 25, 2018

Women's Health

Doulas and birth plans: Empowering each birthing woman

Even if your labor and delivery unfolds dramatically different than one’s preferences, it's wise to have taken the journey of considering choices to be made perhaps with a doula. Choices that will not guarantee the birth one desires, but allow a person to mindfully move in the direction of their hopes and aspirations.

June 13, 2018


Combating toxic masculinity: It's OK for boys to cry sometimes; it's even healthy

Is he kidding? Did this husband just ask his wife to make their youngest child cry-proof?

May 21, 2018


In praise of stay safe rules: Memories from a 'free-range' childhood

Wherever we may fall on the free-range parenting spectrum – whether we drive our children each and every day, or offer up our safety reminders as they walk out the door – we can speak up for our children’s well-being.

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