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 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.

April 16, 2018


'You disgust me' – examining the impact of verbal abuse on children

While verbal abuse – characterized by swearing, insults, spiteful words, gaslighting, and threats – may not leave physical scars, its impact is significant.

March 8, 2018


In praise of godparents: Extending the circle of care around our children

Whether one uses the specific term "godparent" or not and whether one links pending legal guardianship with the role of a godparent -- there are significant benefits to formalizing the role of emotional or spiritual mentorship with regard to one's children.

February 20, 2018


Problem parenting: When smartphones take the front seat

Our children are watching us from the backseat. They are watching us as we eat dinner and "watch" them at the park. They see how many dozens and dozens of times we check our cell phones each day. Do you really want to spend a third of your waking life staring at your phone?

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.

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