Accreditation and Licenses

Birthwise Midwifery School is licensed by the Department of Education, State of Maine State of New Hampshire, and accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and recognized by the United States Department of Education for Title IV Student Financial Aid. The US Immigration and Naturalization Service (SEVIS) has approved the school for enrollment of students from other countries.

To request documents detailing our accreditation, contact [email protected].

To file a grievance with the State of Maine please contact:

Maine State Department of Education, Higher Education Specialist

23 State House Station

August, Maine 04333-0023

(207) 624-6846

To file a grievance with the State of New Hampshire, please contact:

New Hampshire Office of Career School Licensing

101 Pleasant Street

Concord, NH 03301

(603) 271-3494

To file a complaint with MEAC, contact [email protected] or call (360) 466-2080.

MEAC encourages parties to pursue informal grievance mediation attempts with each other, or with MEAC staff or Board members, to attempt to resolve grievances informally before commencing a formal written complaint process with MEAC. If those attempts fail, MEAC will review complaints received against an institution or program if it is in writing and complies with the guidelines set forth in the Accreditation Handbook, Section G III(P).

Academic Programs

Birthwise offers two academic programs, the Midwifery Certificate Program and the Midwifery Assistant Program.  For more detailed information on these programs, please see the current Birthwise Midwifery School Catalog, located on this page.  In addition to the didactic program, the Birthwise curriculum includes a clinical learning component called preceptorship. Preceptorships may be in certain states in the US, depending on whether Birthwise is authorized to have students in that state. The list of current approved states can be obtained from the Clinical Director. The preceptorship can vary in length, depending on the volume of births that occur at their preceptor’s practice.  

Birthwise Midwifery uses a system of self and user evaluations and a formal feedback loop to improve our programs and administration.  For more information on the Birthwise evaluation policy, please contact the Executive Director.

Cost of attendance

Net Price Calculator

Calculate the net price of your Birthwise Midwifery School education with the Department of Education’s Net Price Calculator.

Student financial aid information

Transfer of credit policy

Learn more about transfer credits in Advanced Status. Birthwise Midwifery School also partners with Goddard College to transfer credits and offer a fast track to a bachelor’s degree in Health Arts & Science or Individualized Studies.

Privacy of student records

Refund policy, withdrawal, and return of Title IV financial aid

Students requesting a LOA, TWD, WD, or who are dismissed from Birthwise Midwifery School and are receiving Federal Financial Aid (FFA) receive a refund based on the current policy specified by Title IV regulations. Please see paragraph titled “Return of Title IV Funds,” located in the Financial Policies Section of the student handbook.

When students use FFA to pay for tuition and fees, any refundable amount is returned to the appropriate Title IV program (i.e., Pell Grant, Stafford loans). The full amount of a student’s refund is used to restore funds to the Title IV federal account from which aid was received, regardless of any unpaid balance that may still be owed to Birthwise.

Students not receiving FFA receive a refund based on the school’s refund policy, detailed under the Policy on Refunds section under the Financial Policies section of the student handbook.

Withdrawal from Birthwise

If a student wishes to withdraw from Birthwise Midwifery School, they must notify the Academic Dean of Students and complete a Program Withdrawal form. This form can be requested from the registrar and can be completed digitally or on paper. If a student stops attending all classes and does not complete a Program Withdrawal form, the student will receive the grade earned in all courses in which they are registered. If no communication is received from the student who stops attending classes without completing a Program Withdrawal form, they are formally withdrawn at the end of that semester.

Birthwise Refund Policy

In the case of a student who requests cancellation and/or refund within two weeks after signing the enrollment agreement, the school shall cancel the agreement and return in full the enrollment fee paid to the school by the student.

In the case of cancellation of the enrollment agreement after two weeks of signing and before school begins; the school may retain the student enrollment fee not to exceed $150.

Tuition is prorated and refunded during the first 60% of each semester. After that no refunds are granted.

Any prepaid tuition or fee amounts are refunded when a student withdraws or terminates from Birthwise. All withdrawals must be submitted in writing to the Registrar.

Refunds shall be made within thirty days after the effective date of withdrawal or termination.

Disability services and facilities

Birthwise Midwifery School welcomes students with disabilities. We work with applicants to discuss the impact that their limitations might have on their education here at Birthwise and their ability to practice midwifery after graduation. It is Birthwise’ s policy to provide students who have disabilities with reasonable educational accommodation based upon relevant law, the school’s educational standards, and sound ethical practice in disability services.

Students who attend Birthwise need to be aware of the “basic functions” necessary for school and for the midwifery workplace. These basic functions range from reading and understanding scientific and technical material, performing motor skills such as suturing, doing examinations, driving vehicles, working long shifts without breaks, acting as a supervisor, lifting and repositioning clients, administering medications, communicating with clients, laboratories, and many other functions.

Educational accommodations are defined as any reasonable adjustment required for a student to participate fully in the school community, inside or outside the classroom. Students entering the school for the first time should submit information related to disability prior to enrollment. The Executive Director is responsible for deciding whether a disability has been adequately documented and they will identify a list of potential accommodations in accordance with the manifestations of the disability, a copy of which will be shared with the student.

Vaccination policy

Birthwise Midwifery School recommends that accepted students receive a Hepatitis B vaccination. A student can opt out of a Hepatitis B vaccination if they complete a health waiver.

Annual Security Report

The Annual Security Report lists all crimes in certain categories that were committed in the last three years at or near Birthwise Midwifery School.

Retention Rates

  • Between 2012 and 2016 (latest numbers available), the average retention rate was 76% for all campus students (as calculated by MEAC).
  • Between 2012 and 2016 (latest numbers available), the average retention rate was 70% for all community students (as calculated by MEAC).
  • One hundred percent of full-time, first-time students who started the program returned the next year (as calculated by IPEDS). Learn more.

Completion/Graduation and Transfer Out Rates

  • Students beginning the program between 2009 and 2013 (latest numbers available), the completion rate was 42% for all campus students and 54% for all community students (as calculated by MEAC).
  • Twenty-five percent of students graduate within three years (as calculated by IPEDS). 
  • Sixty-one percent graduate within four and a half years (as calculated by IPEDS).
  • One hundred percent of full-time, first-time students graduated within a three-year time frame (as calculated by IPEDS). This number is, however, statistically insignificant as, in fall 2014, there was only one full-time, first-time student. Learn more.

Student body diversity

  • Sixty-seven percent of students are part time. Thirty-three percent are full time.
  • One hundred percent of students are female.
  • Sixty-three percent of students are white. Twelve percent are non-resident alien. Thirteen percent are black/African American. Four percent are Asian. Seven percent are Hispanic/Latino. One percent are Native Hawaiian or other. Learn more.

Copyright infringement policies and sanction

It is against the law to share copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright owner, through methods like peer-to-peer file sharing of course textbooks. If you violate copyright law in this manner, you may face severe criminal and/or civil penalties. In criminal court, first-time offenders face up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. In civil court, defendants face penalties of up to $150,000 per offense and may, also, have to compensate plaintiffs for damages and legal fees.

Birthwise Midwifery School prohibits copyright infringement in its Code of Conduct and Rules for Use of Social Media. See the student handbook. Students who use Birthwise’s computers and/or internet connection to violate copyright law may face disciplinary action. The penalties for students who violate copyright laws include loss of access to the school computers, internet, and/or library.

There are open access options for midwifery research, as well as opportunities to borrow materials through interlibrary loan. See our Online Midwifery Student Resources, the Birthwise Library Card Catalog, or the MaineCat Statewide Library Catalog.

Gainful Employment Data

Birthwise Midwifery School meets licensure requirements in the US states and Canadian provinces that regulate midwifery. Learn more about student borrowing, employment, and licensure in the Gainful Employment Data sheet. The statistics in this sheet only include students who received federal student aid.

Career and placement services

Upon graduation from Birthwise, students are eligible to sit for the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) Written Exam. Passing the NARM Written Exam in conjunction with graduation from Birthwise results in being nationally credentialed as a certified professional midwife (CPM). Many U.S. states use the CPM credential as a requirement for licensure. Certified Professional Midwives are regulated on a state-by-state basis. Students are encouraged to research the requirements in the state they want to practice in.

Students interested in practicing in the state of California by statute not only have to have their NARM certification but also graduated from an educational program approved by the state. Birthwise is currently an approved school.

Although Birthwise does not guarantee employment upon completion of the program, most graduates are self-employed in independent midwifery practices or have joined existing midwifery practices. The Birthwise academic staff works with students to identify their goals for midwifery practice through individual conferences with the Academic and Clinical Directors and in their Professional Midwifery courses.

The school receives postings for job openings and these are posted for student access on the Facebook group Birthwise Midwifery Students Connect or the LinkedIn group Birthwise Community (private groups for students and alumni only).

Job placement reports

  • Ninety-four percent of program graduates got jobs according to the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council job placement rate.

The job placement rate, which is the most recent available (2017), includes completers hired for jobs within the field. Positions that recent completers were hired for include: Midwife, Midwife Assistant, Doula, Midwifery Education, Lactation Consultant. Calculations are done annually on December 31 of the prior year and includes all graduates within the year.

Learn about the midwifery licensure requirements in your state.

Code of conduct for financial aid

Birthwise prohibits conflicts of interest with respect to Title IV, HEA loans, and private education loans. Our code of conduct prohibits (1) revenue-sharing agreements; (2) receiving gifts from a lender, guarantor, or loan servicers; (3) contracts providing financial benefit from any lender; (4) directing borrowers to a particular lender; (5) offers of funds for private loans; (6) call center or financial aid office staffing assistance; and (7) advisory board compensation.

Contact Information

Birthwise Midwifery School

24 South High St

Bridgton, ME 04009

(207) 647-5968

[email protected]

Financial Aid Office

Elizabeth McKinnon

(207) 647-5968 ext 104

[email protected]