Heidi Fillmore, CPM, NHCM

Executive Director, Academic Director

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 Academic 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.

Abby Luca, CPM

Midwifery Assistant Program Director

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.

Sarah Ackerly, ND, CPM


Homeopathy, Physical Assessment

Sarah Ackerly is a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Professional Midwife with a naturopathic family practice.  Sarah attends births at home and at The Birth Center at Northern Sun in Topsham, Maine.

Sarah graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and received her doctorate from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 1993. She has been on the faculty at Birthwise since 1996.

Dolores Carbonneau



Dolores received her first midwifery training from The Seattle Midwifery School in Seattle, WA.

A Certified Professional Midwife with an established home birth practice, Dolores returned to the University of Southern Maine to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2006.

In 2010, she graduated from the Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing with a Master’s of Science in Nursing.  Dolores now works as a Certified Nurse Midwife at Maine General Hospital in Augusta, ME.

Dolores has taught various courses at Birthwise since it first welcomed students in 1995.

Gretchen Davidson, MSW


Counseling Skills & Group Process, Mental Health

Gretchen has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Smith College. Gretchen wrote her master’s thesis on survivors of sexual trauma and their experiences in the childbearing year.

When she is not teaching here at Birthwise, she works as a school-based therapist in the Fryeburg school system. Gretchen has also had writing published in Taproot Magazine and on The Feminist Wire.

She lives on a farm with her large, extended family in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire.

Susi Delaney, MA, CPM


Independent Research, Research Methods, Skills Practice 3, Skills Practice 4

Susi (’07) runs Red Tent Midwifery, a private home birth practice based in New Gloucester, ME. She founded the practice in 2007, after she graduated from Birthwise.

Active in the professional midwifery community, Susi is a member of the Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives, Midwives of Maine, and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives.

Jacqueline Dubord, MPH, CPM, NHCM



Jacqueline (’11) is a practicing homebirth midwife and practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy based in Vienna, ME.

Jacqueline graduated from the University of California at Davis in 2005 and went on to receive a Master’s in Public Health with a specialty in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health.

Jacqueline followed her calling to become a midwife (and teacher) at Birthwise. While a student, she worked with CPMs in Maine and Washington, attending both home and birth center births.

Jacqueline served as the Clinical Director at Birthwise from 2012-2015, and enjoys maintaining her connection with the school and its students as a faculty member and student advisor.

Robin Illian, CPM


Complications of Labor and Birth, Normal Labor and Birth, Prenatal Complications

Robin (’05) is a homebirth midwife and a partner in Sacopee Valley Birthing Services.

She has a BS in Anthropology and Biology from James Madison University, where she also completed a pre-med concentration with the original intention of going to naturopathic medical school.

Her interest in holistic women’s health, as well as working as a hospital-based doula in Berkeley, CA led Robin to midwifery.

She worked in homebirth practices in California and Colorado before returning to Maine (and Birthwise) in 2005.

Holly Arends Murphy, CPM


History of Midwifery, Normal Newborn, Professional Midwifery 3, VBAC/Cesarean Seminar

Holly (’05) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College and, the year she graduated Birthwise, opened Birch Moon Midwifery and began educating a new generation of midwives at her alma mater.

She is an active member of several professional organizations and has served on the boards of the Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives (MACPM) and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM). She is pleased to be an advocate for women, babies, and reformation of the maternity care system by supporting local and national efforts.

Since attending her first birth in 2002, Holly has been witness to over 250 births. She has gained a broad range of experience working with dozens of midwives and welcoming babies in homes and birth centers in the US, Canada, and the Philippines.

Lindsey Piper, NP


Well Body Care

Lindsey is a women’s health Nurse Practitioner at Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center in Bangor, ME.

She has a Bachelors degree in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of New Hampshire (2002) and a Masters of Science in Nursing in Adult and Women’s Health from MGH Institute of Health Professionals (2009).

Tiffany Carter Skillings, CPM, CLC


Normal Prenatal

Tiffany (’13) is a CPM with a home birth practice in Yarmouth Maine and provides prenatal care, lactation counseling, Well Woman care, routine GYN services, pre-conception counseling, and nutrition.

She received a B.A. in Sociology from Bates College in 2004 and graduated from Birthwise in 2013.

Carrie Werner, ND, Midwife


Therapeutic Nutrition & Supplementation

Carrie is a naturopathic doctor and midwife. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in Washington DC before spending two and a half years in Honduras as public health Peace Corps volunteer.

Carrie earned her ND at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she completed an apprenticeship in naturopathic midwifery.

After graduating, Carrie ran a private practice and taught at a natural therapies college for several years in Melbourne, Australia. She now works at Northern Sun Family Health Care in Topsham, Maine as a naturopathic doctor and midwife.