Heidi Fillmore, CPM, NHCM

Clinical 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 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 Mayo

Financial Manager


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.

Elizabeth McKinnon

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.

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 Gormady

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.