Heidi Fillmore, CPM, NHCM
Courses:Newborn Complications, Overview of the Human Body, Prenatal Complications, Professional Midwifery 4, Whole Foods Nutrition
Heidi is the founder of Birthwise, where she serves as Clinical Director, and The Birth House, where she works as a staff midwife. She has also been practicing midwifery in Maine and New Hampshire since 1988.
Active in the professional midwifery community, Heidi is a member of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council Board of Directors, the Midwives Alliance of North America, Midwives of Maine, and the National Association for Certified Professional Midwives and is acting chair of the Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives.
Melissa handles the finances for the school, including student billing. She also manages the technology at Birthwise and works on the administration of The Birth House. As approachable as she is knowledgable, Melissa is often a point of contact for Birthwise students.
Melissa holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Umass Darmouth and a Graduate Certification in Accounting from Kaplan University. She is also a Certified Bookkeeper and a Notary Public. She lives in Norway, ME with her two young sons, daughter, and wonderful husband.
Financial Aid Officer
Elizabeth has a B.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Maine at Orono. She helps students navigate the financial aid process and obtain the federal student aid they are eligible for while attending Birthwise and coordinates faculty contracts.
She is also a Student Exchange and Visitor Program Designated School Official (DSO) and, in that capacity, helps international students obtain student visas.
Beth Bongiolatti CPM, NHCM
Academic Director - Students
Beth (‘13) holds a master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from the SIT Graduate Institute, where she completed a dissertation on the role of birth and midwifery in communities experiencing civil conflict.
She came to Birthwise (first as a student, then later as clinical director and midwife at the Birth House) via Bali, where she worked alongside midwives from all over the world at the Yayasan Bumi Sehat midwifery clinic, and then via Southern New Hampshire, where she worked in a large, free-standing birth center.
Sharon Craig Economides, CPM, LM, IBCLC
Academic Director - Faculty
Courses:Normal Prenatal, Skills Practice 3
Born at home with a midwife, Sharon Craig Economides heard about and valued the midwifery model of care from an early age. At the heart of midwifery is individualized care with a continuity of care relationship that fosters informed decision-making. When giving birth to her own son, she valued the intimacy and autonomy of midwifery care.
Sharon has been serving childbearing families since 2002 when she began attending births as a doula. In 2005, Sharon completed the clinical requirements of midwifery training and passed the North American Registry of Midwives exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).
After becoming a CPM, Sharon worked in Afghanistan as a midwife trainer and community health educator trainer. Sharon became a California Licensed Midwife (LM) in 2008 and has enjoyed serving home birthing families in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2009, Sharon completed her Masters degree in Midwifery and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Sharon joined the Birth House and Birthwise Midwifery School as the Associate Academic Director in 2016.
Abby Luca, CPM
Student Affairs Officer
Courses:Childbirth Preparation Methods, Labwork for Midwives, Professional Midwifery 1, Professional Midwifery 2, Writing Workshops
Abby received a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from the University of Alabama in 2006 and went on a received her M.A. in English from the University of Alabama in 2010.
She had her first experience teaching while a graduate student at the University of Alabama.
Office and Operations Coordinator
Sarah is the hub of Birthwise. She makes the administration and upkeep of the school happen.
Sarah holds a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. She minored in Women’s Studies and Queer Studies.
She lives in East Baldwin, ME with her two rowdy dogs. Sarah is a semi-professional dancer and may be seen performing on stage in the greater Portland area.
Student Affairs Coordinator
As Student Affairs Coordinator, Courtney oversees the recruitment, admissions, and retention processes. Courtney has a degree in Marketing and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Southern Maine, and lives in Cumberland with her husband and daughter.