Katie Krebs, MPH
Courses:Independent Research, Midwifery & Social Justice 2, Research Methods
Katie Krebs holds a BA in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a MPH in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health. Katie has taught childbirth education, fertility awareness, newborn care, lactation, prenatal nutrition and wellness, elementary school biology and science fairs, middle school sexuality education, and college level genetics, cell biology, laboratory science, and public health genomics.
Katie has long been passionate about reproduction and reproductive justice, and finds birth to be the most amazing intersection of biology, emotional transformation and growth, and the impact of systems and structures on access to healthcare.
She lives in Gorham, Maine with her partner, two goofy/nerdy kiddos and their dog, Freckles.
Beth Bongiolatti Gray MA, CPM, NHCM
Academic Dean of Students
Courses:Histories of Midwifery, Newborn Complications, Normal Prenatal, Orientation, Postpartum
Beth Bongiolatt (Birthwise ’13) began practicing as a midwife in New Hampshire & Maine in early 2013. She is a core faculty member, and supports students through their academic path at Birthwise as the Academic Dean of Students. Beth holds a B.A. in English & Political Science from the University of New England (’05), and a M.A. in Sustainable Development (’10) (with an emphasis on international perinatal health) from the SIT Graduate Institute.
Beth loves to travel, to camp in the mountains, and to learn new skills. She lives in Waterford, Maine with her partner, their rambunctious dog, & ever-plotting cat.
Sarah Schubeck, MSM, CPM
Sarah Schubeck holds a Masters in Midwifery Science from Bastyr University and a B.S in Social Psychology from Suffolk University. She taught, and was a preceptor at Bastyr University, and practiced midwifery in Seattle Washington till 2016 when she moved to Maine.
Since in Maine she has supported and assisted other midwives with their practices, taught at Birthwise and has been the co-chair of the Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives since 2017. Sarah is excited to help further the growth of midwifery education.
Sarah loves to paddle board, make Kombucha, hike the coast of Maine and travel with her family.
Abby Luca, MA, CPM, NHCM
Academic Dean of Faculty
Courses:Childbirth Preparation Methods, Overview of the Human Body, Skills Practice 1, Skills Practice 2, Skills Practice 3, Skills Practice 4, Skills Practice 5, Waterbirth, Writing for Midwives
Abby Luca (Birthwise ’15) has been practicing midwifery in Maine and New Hampshire since 2016, through her practice Red Roots Midwifery. She is a core faculty member and Academic Dean of Faculty.
Before her training as a midwife, Abby was a college English instructor at the University of Alabama. She 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 and Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama in 2010. Abby also has a background in herbal medicine, training with Phyllis Light at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health.
Abby is an avid hiker and herbal medicine-maker, and she lives in a rambling old farmhouse with her husband Stephen in Fryeburg, Maine.
Heather Tetreault holds a BS from the University of Maine Orono in Marine Science with concentrations in Physical Oceanography and Marine Geology. Her non-profit experience includes work with the Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch, Maine Lobstermen’s Association and the New England Aquarium. In addition to her role as the Operations Coordinator/Bursar at Birthwise Midwifery School she is the Executive Director for the Maine Arborist Association, a small non-profit focused on continuing education for arborist and tree professionals.
Heather lives in Hiram, Maine with her daughter and dogs in an 1860 farmhouse she is actively restoring. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening and yoga.
Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
Meg Terwilliger coordinates the admissions process, recruiting prospective students and helping them apply, enroll and pursue their midwifery education at Birthwise. She holds a BA in studio art from St. Olaf College.
Meg lives in New Gloucester, Maine with her husband and two sons.
Sarah Paul, MA
Financial Aid and Visa Coordinator
Sarah Paul supports Birthwise students and their families as they navigate the somewhat less “fun” parts of continuing their education – applying for financial aid and for international student visas. A passionate counselor and coach, her aim is to bring ease to the process and help you reach your goal of becoming a midwife.
Before joining the Birthwise team in May 2020, Sarah worked as Director of Operations at Birth Roots Center for Community Supported Parenting in Portland, ME and as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Bowdoin College. She earned a BA in Communication from UMaine Orono and a MA in Performance Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sarah loves kayaking, hiking, reading, cooking, decaf coffee, and spending time with friends and family. With her partner, she is currently searching for a new home and community in which to put down roots
Acadia Gantz, CPM
Academic Program Assistant/Registrar
Courses:BLS for Health Care Providers, Childbirth Preparation Methods
Acadia Gantz (Birthwise ’20) is originally from Utah and moved to the lakes region of Maine to attend Birthwise Midwifery School in 2015. A trained EMT, Acadia felt drawn to the path of midwifery to be part of a normal life process instead of trauma and disease. She believes that midwifery care is a crucial step in empowering parents to raise empowered children who will change the course of history. Acadia graduated from Birthwise in January of 2020 after precepting with midwives in Maine, New Hampshire and Idaho. Acadia has been working at Birthwise since August of 2018. When she’s not at Birthwise or catching babies, Acadia can be found trail running, skiing, or relaxing in her canvas tent with her partner and two Labrador retrievers.
Clinical Program Assistant
Heather Bell is a Birthwise graduate from the 2015 cohort. After graduating, she enjoyed maintaining a connection to the school through tutoring and helping students prepare for exams. In 2020 she joined the staff in the clinical office. Heather is pleased to support the Clinical Director and to help students navigate the process of preceptorship.
Heather and her Beloved have two amazing kids, both born at home with the gentle and skillful guidance of midwives. When she isn’t in the office, you’re likely to find Heather hanging upside down from her aerial silks, or with a cup of tea, a book, or a fiber arts project in her hands.
Heidi Fillmore, CPM, NHCM
Founder, Faculty, Midwifery Matters Editor, Owner and Midwife at The Birth House
Courses:Overview of the Human Body, Prenatal Complications, Professional Midwifery 3, Whole Foods Nutrition
Heidi Fillmore founded Birthwise Midwifery School in 1994 and worked as the Executive Director and has been on faculty for 25 years. She has been attending home and birth center births in Maine and New Hampshire since 1987. In that time, she has safely delivered over 1,000 babies.
Heidi studied midwifery at the Midwifery Training Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with a license to practice in New Hampshire and Maine. Heidi has held leadership positions in the state midwifery associations and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and helped craft legislation, which passed in 2017, to license midwives in Maine.
Heidi is a member of the National Association for CPMs (NACPM) and of the Maine Association of CPMs (NACPM).