Since 1994, Birthwise Midwifery School has been teaching the art and science of midwifery in its comprehensive, three-year midwifery program.

The percentage of homebirths in the United States has nearly doubled since 2004. This upward trend has steadily increased the demand for qualified and competent midwives. Although the birth culture in the United States is still dominated by hospital care, more families are choosing to have their babies safely and naturally at home or in birth centers staffed by midwives. At Birthwise, we believe that competent and compassionate midwives are the answer to a maternity care system characterized by poor outcomes, high cesarean rates, and high medical costs relative to other developed countries.

Campus Option

Admissions for 2021 Campus Option will open soon.

Study for 20 months on the Birthwise campus in beautiful southern Maine. By studying on-campus, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the academic experience. After two years of rigorous on-campus study, students choose an off-site preceptor and spend a year working with a midwife in the field. Learn more.

Community Option

Admissions for 2021 Community Option will open soon.

Spend three years working with a preceptor in your home community, traveling to Maine three times per semester for two-week academic intensives. This low-residency program is designed for students with families, work, or community responsibilities that keep them in one place. It offers all the academic benefits of a Birthwise education, without the need to relocate. Learn more.

Is Birthwise Right for Me?

There are many paths to becoming a midwife. Learn more about the profession and whether or not a Birthwise education is the right choice for you.

For Accepted Students

Once you’ve been admitted to Birthwise, here’s how to enroll, register for classes, find housing, and purchase the books and equipment you need you need to succeed in the midwifery program. See more.


At Birthwise, students gain experience by working directly with preceptor midwives and other practitioners in healthcare practices all over the country. Here at Birthwise, we are always looking to connect our students with quality preceptors.