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Stillbirths and Infant Deaths, with Amy Wright Glenn
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #45
Nothing can prepare a person for the tragedy of losing a baby, along with the hopes and dreams of being a parent to that child. How to cope? What to expect? How to get helpful support? Amy Wright Glenn helps us to compassionately navigate this difficult reality.
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What we talked about:
Why we should be talking about this more.
When birth and death collide.
How to best help moms: the presence of listening
The importance of a “teach me” perspective instead of a “fix it” perspective
Ways to honor the baby and acknowledge the loss.
The importance of mementos, photos and rituals
Integrating the mindbody pieces for subsequent pregnancies
Finding purpose amidst the grief: the story of a mom who donates 92 gallons of breast milk following pregnancy loss
More on stillbirth, infant loss, and links Amy mentioned:
Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught for eleven 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 recently published her first book: Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula.