Student Resources

The Birthwise Midwifery Program is academically rigorous, so we offer a robust list of student resources to help you succeed. Experience has shown us that studying the art of midwifery often comes with major personal transformation. We’re here to help you succeed!

Student resources at Birthwise Midwifery School

Academic Advisors

All Birthwise students are assigned to an Academic Advisor in their first semester. The advisors are veteran members of our Academic Leadership Team who are able to help you map out your path to becoming a midwife.

Advisors are available in person or via email, phone or Zoom to provide guidance on how to navigate the academic program. They know the curriculum inside and out and are here to ensure you succeed academically.

Free Tutoring

We offer tutoring free of charge to all enrolled students. Our tutors are program graduates who demonstrated academic success and an aptitude for teaching and supporting students. Tutors can help you craft a study schedule for the semester so you can stay on top of your coursework, can edit papers and help you find research resources, and can help you study for exams. 

Library and Computer Resources

Birthwise has an on-site library with computers equipped with high speed internet access, printers and scanners free for student and faculty use. The library is open 24/7, and it’s a great place to study. We also have at least one copy of all required texts available in the library. We are constantly updating our books and print resources. 

We also subscribe to DeepDyve and UpToDate, which give students access to thousands of research articles for free.

Have questions?

Contact our academic program assistant, Acadia Gantz, at acadia@birthwisemidwifery.edu

Online Academic Resources Mainecat Statewide Library Catalog Birthwise Library Catalog

Financial Aid Counseling

Our Financial Aid Coordinator is available to counsel you on your financial aid options. 

Make an appointment by emailing Sarah Paul at SarahP@BirthwiseMidwifery.edu

Resources for students of color

We host a monthly BIPOC Community check in for all students, staff, and faculty who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Reach out to our Board Student Liaison, Latonia Westerfield at latonia@birthwisemidwifery.edu for more information. 

Additional Resources:

Black Midwives Alliance Mentorship Program 

NARM Prep Jumpstart: Insiders’ Guide for Student Midwives of Color 

Student Organizations

Birthwise Student Union

The Birthwise Student Union is composed of one or two representatives from each cohort. These students help bridge communication between students, staff and the board. The Student Union also plans events and activities throughout the year. Contact studentunion@birthwisemidwifery.edu for more information.

Canadian Student Support Group

Our Canadian students gather to provide support to one another and address the unique requirements as a Canadian student midwife attending school in the United States. Contact SarahP@birthwisemidwifery.edu for more information.

Mentorship Program

Coming soon! We are currently working with the Student Union to develop a peer to peer mentorship program that pairs incoming students with senior students to provide an additional layer of support and guidance as you navigate midwifery school. 

Birthwise Fun Gear Sharing

Get out and enjoy all that the lakes region has to offer.

Bicycles, kayaks, and a stand-up paddle board are available for student use. Gear must be reserved by signing up in the front office and must be returned in good condition to the Carriage House when finished.

Other Services

Healthcare Services

All students have access by appointment to the student-led Birthwise Midwifery Service for basic well-body healthcare needs. All services are provided at low cost, and fees for lab work and testing can be billed through your health insurance.

Birthwise does not offer student health insurance.

Health Resources

Health Equity Alliance  

  • Free Clinic
  • Sexual Health services
  • Naloxone training and distribution
  • Community Food Pantry
  • Free, Rapid HIV and HCV testing

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England – Portland Health Center 

  • Abortion, birth control, reproductive health care
  • HIV services, STID testing, treatment and vaccines
  • Primary care
  • LGBTQ services

Portland Community Free Clinic 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine 

  • Free support groups
  • Respite care

Maine Statewide mental health resource guide 

Department of Health and Human Services

Food Supplementation Program (SNaP) and Women, Infant, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) 

Human Services (Services for Families and Children, Adults) 

Low cost health insurance

Higher Opportunity for Pathways to Employment (HOPE) program 

Funding for Maine residents with dependents who are pursuing education after high school