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Birthwise Midwifery School is a three-year school founded in Bridgton, Maine in 1994. Built on the principles of female empowerment, natural birth, and skilled professionalism, it offers one of the first comprehensive training programs for direct-entry midwives in the United States. The program is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and licensed by the Maine Department of Education.

Upcoming Events

Midwifery Program Early Decision Deadline

Date: February 15, 2017

This program consists of two years of rigorous academic study in Bridgton, Maine, followed by a year long clinical with an off-site preceptor of the student’s choosing.

Midwifery Assistant Program Admissions Deadline

Date: March 15, 2017

This rigorous, hands-on training program prepares students to offer a holistic array of pregnancy-year services to birthing families.

Open House

Date: March 31, 2017

During the event, visitors will meet with Birthwise staff, faculty, and current students and spend a day as a Birthwise student.

Doula Training

Start date: April 1, 2017

End date: April 2, 2017

The DONA International Birth Doula Workshop is a sixteen-hour workshop that introduces students to the knowledge and skills of the professional birth doula.

Midwifery Program Admissions Deadline

Date: April 15, 2017

This program consists of two years of rigorous academic study in Bridgton, Maine, followed by a year long clinical with an off-site preceptor of the student’s choosing.

Midwifery Matters

Birthwise's biannual journal of research and evidence-based information for out-of-hospital midwives

The Birth House

Birthwise’s freestanding birth center and free community clinic

Together, staff midwives and Birthwise Midwifery School students run The Birth House, an on-site clinic that offers free Well Woman and reproductive health services to the community’s women. Students may also assist women giving birth at the freestanding birth center.

The Birth House services include:

Births & Prenatal Care Annual Well Body Exams
Breast Exams Pap Smears
Nutritional Counseling Family Planning Counseling
Fertility Awareness Education Routine screening for STIs and GYN infections