The Birthwise facility is located in the beautiful lakes region of southwestern Maine, one hour west of Portland and ½ hour east of North Conway and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Our facility is an historic brick colonial house consisting of classroom areas, clinic areas, offices, kitchen and a common area for students. An attached wing contains a free-standing birthing center, The Birth House. The Birthwise Community Clinic, our student-run midwifery clinic, operates out of The Birth House
Bridgton is a small New England village that has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast as well as many other advantages of small town life. Lake swimming, boating, hiking, skiing, rock climbing and bicycling are all available in the Bridgton region. We have our own independent book store, movie theater, drive-in theater, natural foods store, and the town beach on Highland Lake is just two blocks away. Bridgton is also home to the New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts, a massage therapy program.
Enrollment is limited to 16-18 students per cohort, ensuring that the classroom environment is intimate, interactive and informal. The structure of the programs require a highly motivated adult learner with a commitment to putting in many hours of study outside of class time. The faculty is directed to use class time to integrate, apply, clarify, facilitate discussion, and share personal experience more than to reiterate the assigned textbook reading.
The Birthwise approach to midwifery education is holistic, and integrates components of traditional midwifery with modern maternity care practices in a way that we feel best serves women and their babies in our current context. The educational model is designed for the motivated adult learner and utilizes an active, discussion and competency-based approach.