Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss

Credit to Amy Wright Glenn

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.

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings are specifically geared for birth/postpartum doulas, bereavement doulas, mental health professionals, midwives, religious/spiritual leaders, OBGYNs, prenatal yoga teachers, bereaved parent activists, and end-of-life care professionals.

Participants will study, come to understand, and apply the three central components of the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings to case studies and personal life experiences.

These components are:

*An introduction to Holding Space and the Companioning Model of Care outlined by Alan Wolfelt, Founder and Director of the Center for Loss & Life Transition.  Holding Space and Companioning are responses to bereavement care that emphasize the need for mourners to be supported, listened to, and held in compassionate presence. Both of these models of care are centered upon a respect for the experience of grieving and challenge our culture’s death phobia as well as the common “fix it,” “return to normal,” “don’t talk about it,” attitude with regard to loss.

Credit CWH

*An exploration of best care practices with regard to the various support networks surrounding bereaved parents. These care practices focus on strengthening circles of support found in family, employment, work, places of worship, and hospital/birth center settings.

*A cross-cultural understanding of the healing power of ritual found in both religious and secular settings. Participants will study how various world religions approach death/dying in terms of perinatal loss both in terms of theology and mourning practices. Emphasis is also placed upon the crafting of personal rituals both within and without traditional religious/spiritual frameworks.

Trainings are held online and in-person in one 5 or 6-hour day, two 2 1/2 hour days, or four 2-hour days.

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Interested in hosting a training? Email Dawn Welburn at Dawn@DawnWelburn.com

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all trainings will be held online through 2021.