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Birthwise Midwifery School

At Birthwise Midwifery School, we train midwives to provide compassionate prenatal, birth and reproductive health care that’s based on tradition and scientific evidence. Our direct-entry midwifery program is MEAC-accredited. You don’t need a college degree to apply. We prepare you to sit for the North American Registry of Midwives exam to earn the Certified Professional Midwife credential. We lead midwives to a practice that values the diversity of all birthing people -- and honors the spiritual, aesthetic and personal significance of childbirth.

Choose Your Program

We offer two options for our direct-entry midwifery program: an on-site Campus Option in Bridgton, Maine, and a low-residency Community Option. You’ll receive the same didactic and hands-on education in both programs.

Campus Option

Admissions are now closed for 2021

Study midwifery in a rigorous academic program on our Bridgton, Maine campus for 20 months, followed by 18 months of hands-on training with a preceptor midwife in your community.

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Community Option

Admissions are now closed for 2021

Benefit from the Birthwise curriculum without relocating to Maine. You’ll work with a midwife in your community while attending an orientation week, then 10 intensive two-week-long academic sessions on campus.

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About Birthwise

Birthwise Midwifery School was founded in 1994 to provide formal education and a path to certification for direct-entry midwives. We envision a world where every person has access to safe and empowering midwifery care that is representative of them and their community.

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What is a Midwife?

A midwife provides safe, nurturing pregnancy and birth care. We train midwives in the Midwives Model of Care©, which defines pregnancy and birth as normal life events. Our midwifery program prepares you to sit for the NARM exam and earn the Certified Professional Midwife credential.

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Doula Training Program

Birthwise requires all incoming students to have training as a doula -- a non-medical practitioner who assists with the birthing experience. We partner with Birthing Gently to bring doula training to our campus at the beginning of each student cohort.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Birthwise different? What qualities are we looking for in our students? What is a preceptorship? How about financial aid and scholarships? Get answers to these questions and more.

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Bridgton, Maine

Birthwise is located in the quaint and beautiful town of Bridgton, Maine. Bridgton is located about an hour northwest of Portland in the stunning Maine lake country. Bridgton, with a population of about 5,000, is a quintessential New England town.

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