Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss (HSPL) was created by Amy Wright Glenn, founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. This workshop will compassionately and wisely prepare participants to more confidently and clearly hold space for one of life’s most painful and devastating losses.

HSPL is specifically geared toward Birth Doulas, Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Ministers, OBGYNs, Fertility Specialists, Birth Photographers , Prenatal Yoga Teachers, Prenatal Massage Therapists, Funeral Home Directors, End-of-life Care Professionals, and Bereaved Parent Peer Supporters and Activists. Anyone who feels they can benefit from this training is welcome!

Facilitator, Dawn Welburn, will guide participants through a heartfelt analysis of three key components central to holding space for grieving mothers and their families.

  1. An introduction to the Companioning Model of Care outlined by Alan Wolfelt.
  2. An exploration of best “care practices” with regard to the various support networks surrounding bereaved mothers.
  3. A cross-cultural understanding of the healing power of ritual found in both religious and secular settings.

Workshop Participants Receive:

I hope that you will leave this training feeling more informed and empowered to care for those affected by pregnancy loss and infant death and inspired to continue your own learning about the topic. I also hope that you will have made meaningful connections with other members in our group who may make beneficial allies and provide additional resources for your work.

After our work together, you will receive:

  • a Certificate of Completion of your 5-hour training (sent via email)
  • a PDF document that includes the Resources and Quotations from the Workshop (sent via email)
  • Discounted Membership to the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death
  • Access to a Facebook Group (with 350+ members) for Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Past Participants (this will allow you to join conversations, share resources, and network with those who are engaged in this meaningful work)

***It is recommended that all participants read Holding Space — On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn and  Ghostbelly by Elizabeth Heineman. Both books are an integral part of this training.


Questions: Email Dawn@DawnWelburn.com for additional questions.  

Those of us who devote our professional lives to holding space for birthing women know how heavy the shadow of ‘not discussing it’ can be. Silent, unprocessed grief from previous pregnancy loss can deeply impact the trajectory of a mother’s future pregnancy and childbirth experiences.” -Amy Wright Glenn